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Montana Best in the Bitterroot Valley The Bitterroot Valley is a healthy slice of everything you’re looking for in a Montana vacation. The high jagged Bitterroot Mountains appeal to the landscape photographer in anyone, while the Bitterroot River’s green riffles provide classic trout fishing. Hiking or horseback riding into the Bitterroot National Forest offers endless opportunities for discovery. Boating Lake Como beneath 10,000-foot tall peaks is a fun way to soak up the Rocky Mountain sun. With its disabled accessible trails, spotting birds of all kinds is easy at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife and Teller Wildlife Refuges Throughout the valley you’ll find friendly, historic communities with plenty to see and do. The Daly Mansion and St. Mary’s Mission are two of the stops you will not want to miss; while historic downtowns of Stevensville, Victor, Corvallis, Darby and Hamilton will give you an insight on how the valley began. Gourmet cuisine, fine bed-and-breakfasts, a mixture of galleries, bookstores, breweries and cideries plus unique retail businesses from Florence to Sula are all here to help make your stay more pleasurable. Bitterroot has of some of the best snow conditions in Montana, making it perfect for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

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105 East Main - Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-2400 - www.bitterrootchamber.com localinfo@bvchamber.com

Welcome to our Beautiful Bitterroot Valley Al Mitchell Chamber Director

Pat Easley Publisher/Editor Office Manager

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to extend our heartfelt welcome to you and your family. We invite you to visit us and enjoy our lifestyle. Our valley - 96 miles in length and 25 miles wide - is nestled between the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and the Sapphire Mountain range on the east. This natural setting creates a sublime year-round climate and has earned us the reputation as the “Banana Belt of Montana”. The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce is comprised of six (6) distinct communities with a modest population of only 40,212. Each community is unique and has its own story to tell. Join us as we present to you our communities, our culture, our way of life and the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. We extend to you an invitation to visit the Bitterroot Valley Chamber - Come see us, learn more about our valley and the many grandeurs of Glacier Country and Western Montana. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance as you explore our valley from Florence to Sula.

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Index of Advertisers We would like to thank the following who helped make this publication possible A Lil' Bit of Heaven - page 24 A2Z Personnel - page 43 Angler's Lodge & Cabins - Inside Back Berkshire Hathaway, Wanda Sumner -page 74 Berkshire Hathaway, Jan King/Rod Freeman - page 2 Bitterroot River Inn - page 9 Bitterroot Valley Chamber - page 4 Brewfest - page 82 Bruce Gould - page 70 City Center Motel - Page 3 City of Hamilton - page 60-61-62 Clear Water Systems - page 65 Cybernet 1 - page 80 Daly Mansion - page 26 Farm Bureau Financial Services - page 28 Farmers State Bank - back cover First American Title - page 72 First Security Bank - page 28 From River to Ridge Magazine - page 80 Habitat for Humanity - page 58 Hamilton Assembly of God - page 25 Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival - page 43 Higherground Brewing - page 48 Iron Horse Athletic Club - page 40 JFV Construction - page 74 JKL Electric - page 65 Langford Drafting - page 54 Legacy Phone Directory - page 73 Lost Trail Powder Mountain - page 75 Marci Almond Realtor - page 71 Marie Christopher - page 81 Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital - page 64 Merchants Moving & Storage - page 25 Mikesell's Fine Jewelry - page 58 Milton Development LLC (Grants Meadow) - page 70 Mission Valley Security - page 59 Missoula International Airport - page 6 Montana Gems of Philipsburg - page 53 Montana Westgate - page 72 Motel 6 - page 9 NorthWestern Energy - page 72 Paper Clip - page 74 Pure West (Christie’s) - page 71 Tourism and Relocation Magazine

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Sapphire Lutheran Home - page 55 Schrock Construction - page 69 Sears of Hamilton - page 82 St. Mary's Historical Mission - page 27 Stewart Title of Ravalli - page 25 Stoneydale Press - Page 65 The Edge - page 2 Tin Cup Lodge - page 9 TownHouse Inn of Hamilton - page 56 Trailwest Bank - page 55 Travelers Rest Cabins - page 9 Valley Drug - page 55 Valley View Estates - page 66 Wilderness Spirit Cabins - page 9 Wilrock LLC - page 54 Windermere Real Estate - page 73 n n

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Photos: Eric Elander - Marie Christopher - Nathan DeBoer Josh Homer - Chase Cooper - Tina McConnell - Kelly Huibregtse - Jason Savage - Pat Easley - Rob Linton - Chuck Stranahan Contributing writers: Chuck Stranahan, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Ted Hall, June Jessop and James Southwell.

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TTheravel Information Missoula International Airport is the Gateway to Western Montana. It is conveniently located within one mile of the busy shopping district of North Reserve, ten minutes from downtown Missoula and the University of Montana and just 45 miles from Hamilton. Four airlines - Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, and United - have operations at the airport and serve twelve nonstop destinations: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Oakland, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle. Two gift shops, rental cars, a travel service, a real estate rental office, and two restaurants are on-site. Missoula International Airport is also home to the largest aerial firefighting depot in the U.S., the base of operations for the legendary 'Smokejumpers,' the Museum of Mountain Flying, Aeronautics, Homestead Helicopters, and two Fixed Base Operators: Minuteman Jet Center and Northstar Jet. www.flymissoula.com

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Unincorporated Community Population ~ 765

Stevensville Florence Elevation 3,218 10 Miles

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Hamilton City - 223 South Second St All Offices - 406-363-2101

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Elevation 3,370

Corvallis

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Hamilton

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Population ~ 4,363

Population ~ 1,815

Stevensville Victor

Population ~ 745

City - 206 Buck Ave All Offics - 406-777-5271

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Corvallis Unincorporated Community Population ~ 976

Darby County Offices 205 Bedford - Hamilton

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Bitterroot Airports The Bitterroot Valley has two airports. Stevensville Airport is on the north end of the valley at an elevation of 3,620 feet. The hard surface runway is 3,800 feet in length. The Hamilton Airport is in the middle of the valley and at an elevation of 3,638 feet. The runway is 4,200 feet in length and is paved and lighted. Mileage from Hamilton Missoula 45 miles Glacier Nat. Park 184 miles Spokane 249 miles West Yellowstone 314 miles Billings 383 miles Boise 420 miles Salt Lake City 465 miles

The Bitterroot Valley is a destination that requires some planning ... The closest major city is Missoula and offers one access to our valley. From Missoula you drive south on Highway 93. The first town you will reach in Ravalli County is Florence, then Stevensville, Victor, Corvallis, Hamilton, Darby and Sula. The Missoula International Airport offers easy access to the Bitterroot Valley from major cities throughout the west. If traveling from the south of Lost Trail Pass, most visitors will be coming from either Idaho Falls (approximately 4 hours), Sun Valley (5 hours), or Boise (6.5 hours). The Bitterroot Valley also has two small airports but they only serve private planes and scenic flights. Public transportation is limited in the valley, so renting a car is a good way to go if you fly into the Missoula Airport. Transportation Services in Ravalli County l BitterRoot Bus - 363-7484 l BitterRoot Taxi - 375-9399 or 381-9399 l Disabled American Veterans Van - 642-3871 l Medicab - 327-1510 l Missoula-Ravalli TMA (Community Needs Van for disabled adults and seniors) - 542-2121 l Road to Recovery (Cancer Treatment Transit) - 363-9838 Travel Agents l Big Sky Travel, 300B Main Street in Stevensville (406)777-6934 www.bigsky-travel.com l Protravel International, PO Box 282, Stevensville, MT 59870 (619) 453-0559 www.protravelinc.com

The history of Montana and specifically the Bitterroot Valley is brimming with a pioneer spirit of hardy men and women. Traveling through the Bitterroot Valley is an experience that you will not forget. Diverse in her landscape, rich in natural resources, scenic beauty and dynamic in her history, she has been as changeable as her own weather. We invite you to further explore the history and heritage that is Montana and its beautiful Bitterroot Valley, truly the last best place and a Montana treasure.

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Accommodations u ABC ACRES - Cabin Style Homes 1075 Sleeping Child Road - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 210-7688 james@abcacres.com www.abcacres.com u ALTA RANCH, LLC - Lodges 9203 West Fork Rd Darby, MT 59829 - (406) 349-2142 info@alta-ranch.com www.alta-ranch.com u ANGLER’S LODGE & CABINS - Lodges & Cabins 815B Hwy 93 South Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 363-0980 anglerscabins@gmail.com www.anglerslodgemt.com u ANGLERS ROOST - RV Park 815 Hwy 93 South Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 363-1268 anglersroost@montana.com www.anglersroost-montana.com u BITTERROOT CABINS - Cabins 1967 North First Street #E Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-2258 info@bitterrootcabins.com www.bitterrootcabins.com u BITTERROOT RIVER BED & BREAKFAST LLC 501 South Ave. Stevensville, MT 59870 - (406) 777-5205 gonefishin@bitterrootriverbb.com www.bitterrootriverbb.com u BITTERROOT RIVER INN - Hotel/Motel 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 375-2525 brinn@cybernet1.com www.bitterrootriverinn.com u BITTERROOT RIVER RANCH 4301 West Fork Road Darby, MT 59829 - (509) 531-4934 bitterrootriverranch@gmail.com www.bitterrootriverranch. com u BLACK RABBIT RV PARK - RV Park 2101 North 1st St Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 363-3744 brabbit@bigsky.net www.blackrabbitrv.com u BROAD AXE LODGE, INC. - Lodge 1237 East Fork Rd Sula, MT 59871 - (406) 821-3878 tamarack@bigsky.net u CITY CENTER /REMLC - Hotel/Motel 415 W Main St Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 363-1651 remlcvs1@aol.com www.remlcsportsmanslodging.com u DEFFY’S MOTEL - Motel 321 South 1st St Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 363-1244 deffysmotel@qwestoffice.net

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u EAST FORK HOUSE - Vacation Rental 1969 East Fork Rd Sula, MT 59871 - (406) 821-3559 tlw@nv.net www.eastforkhouse.net u HARLAN CABIN, THE - Cabin 2262 Old Darby Rd Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-6265 theharlancabin@gmail.com www.harlancabin.com u MOTEL 6 - Hotels/Motels 401 South First Street Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-2142 daysinnuniversity@yahoo.com www.motel6.com u MOUNTAIN SPIRIT INN - Hotels/Motels 308 South Main St Darby, MT 59829 - (406) 821-3405 info@mountainspiritinn.com www.mountainspiritinn.com u RYE CREEK LODGE - Lodge 458 Rye Creek Rd Darby, MT 59829 - (406) 821-3366 ryecreek@hughes.net www.ryecreeklodge.com u SULA COUNTRY STORE & RESORT - RV Park 7060 Hwy 93 South Sula, MT 59871 - (406) 821-3364 sularesort@montana.com www.bitterroot-montana.com u THE MORAINE B&B - Bed & Breakfast 2037 Silver Ridge Road Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-7466 jeanne@themoraine.com www.themoraine.com u TIN CUP LODGE - Lodge 582 Tin Cup Rd Darby, MT 59829 - (406) 821-1620 tincuplodge@aol.com www.tincuplodge.com u TOWNHOUSE INNS OF HAMILTON - Hotels/Motels 1113 North 1st St Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 363-6600 mariec@townpump.biz www.townhouseinnhamiltoncom u TRAVELLERS REST CABINS AND RV PARK 601 North Main St Darby, MT 59829 - (406) 821-3282 goldcreek@gci.net www.travellersrestmt.us u TRIPLE CREEK RANCH - Ranch 5551 West Fork Rd Darby, MT 59829 - (406) 821-4600 info@triplecreekranch.com www.triplecreekranch.com u WILDERNESS SPIRIT CABINS, LLC - Cabins 472 Woodcrest Lane - Hamilton, MT 59840 - (406) 271-4450 tracyrosemoyers@gmail.com

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The Bitterroot’s Bucket List . . .

111 Things To Do In The Bitterroot Valley

The Bitterroot Valley is full of activities for every outdoor enthusiasts. Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains, open valleys, pristine streams, and miles of unsurpassed scenery and wildlife. No matter which direction you take, you will be sure to find what you are looking for right here in the Bitterroot Valley .... come, sit back and enjoy everything we have to offer.

1. HIKE THE BITTERROOT MOUNTAINS

The Bitterroot Mountain Range runs most of the border between Montana and Idaho and is one of the valley’s beautiful scenic points. With numerous hiking trails up and down the valley and with varying degrees of hiking challenges. Stop by the Chamber to pick up a brochure or visit any Forest Service location at www. fs.usda.gov/bitterroot for locations and descriptions. Bitterroot Valley’s local bookstores also carry guidebooks on local hiking trails.

2. RIDE A HORSE INTO THE WILDERNESS

There are 1,340,000 acres in the Selway-Bitterroot, located in Ravalli County, Montana and Idaho County, Idaho. It is the third largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. You will experience some of most scenic views and have time to let your mind wander and experience what it used to be like in our Montana wilderness.

3. CAMP IN THE BITTERROOT MOUNTAINS

Camping in the Bitterroot Valley is an experience you will not forget. There are 26 developed campgrounds and 1,500 miles of access to trails, fishing, boating, biking and much, much more. Sleeping under the Big Montana Skies you will see a blanket of stars with a beauty only found in Montana. Visit www.fs.usa,gov/ bitterroot for more information regarding camping in the valley.

4. EXPLORE BIRDING/NATURE TRAIL

From Lolo to Lost Trail Pass, you can see 25 prime birding and nature viewing sites. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, located in Stevensville, MT, is a good place to begin your adventure. For a map and other information on birding in the Bitterroot Valley go to www.montanabirdingtrail.org

5. VISIT LEE METCALF NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Driving or walking through Lee Metcalf Refuge, you will be able to view the wonders of wildlife in a single 2½ mile stretch of nature trails. You can also stop by their information center and view all the exhibits they have as well as ask questions regarding the refuge. Call 406-777-5552 or visit www.fws.gov/leemetcalf.

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6. HIKE BLODGETT CANYON

Blodgett Canyon is a glacially carved canyon. This canyon has vertical cliffs and is home to herds of mountain goats as well as several species of birds. Hiking this canyon is a must when visiting our valley. Call 406-363-7100 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/ bitterroot.

7. ROCK CLIMBING IN THE BITTERROOT CANYONS

This sport has become increasingly popular as a climbing destination. Many canyons on the west side of the Bitterroot Valley offer rock climbing at its very best. Visit www.bitterrootclimbers. org for more information regarding this sport.

8. SWIMMING AT LAKE COMO

Lake Como waters are fed by snow-covered peaks 10,000 feet above the lake. There is a sandy beach roped off so adults and kids alike can enjoy the stunning view as well as enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. For information regarding usage www. fs.usda.gov/bitterroot.

9. BOATING AT PAINTED ROCKS RESERVOIR

Painted Rocks State Park is located on the West Side of the Bitterroot River up the West Fork. It offers boating as well as fishing in a quiet and secluded setting. There are 25 campsites with grills, fire pits, tables, boat ramp and dock, as well as drinking water. Visit www.fwp.mt.gov/parks/visit for more information.

10. VISIT OUR STATE WILDLIFE MGMT. AREAS

Threemile and Calf Creek Wildlife Management Areas were created to provide winter range for elk and recreational opportunities to the public. Threemile, which is located east of Florence, offers 6,089 acres and Calf Creek, east of Hamilton, has 2,333 acres. Threemile is a mixture of motorized and walkin. Calf Creek is by foot, horseback or mountain bike. Call 406542-5500 or visit www.fwp.mt.gov.

11. FLOAT THE BITTERROOT RIVER

Abundant wildlife and rooted deep in history, the Bitterroot River winds its way north between the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains. You will see a wide range of birds as well as wildlife along its banks as you enjoy a quiet, relaxing float trip down this beautiful river. For information on a listing of local outfitters, call the Chamber at 406-363-2400 or visit www.bitterrootchamber.com.

12. FISH BLUE RIBBON TROUT STREAM

The Bitterroot River flows north for almost 100 miles. It is known for its aquatic insect hatches and is a place to fish for big trout. Catch and Release fishing is practiced. To receive a copy of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s current regulations call 406-5425500 or visit any local fly shop or visit www.fwp.mt.gov.

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13. HUNTING FOR BIG GAME

With 1.6 million acres of public land in the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forest, the Bitterroot is a hunter’s paradise. From elk, moose, deer, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, black bear and mountain lion, hunters come to the Bitterroot for an experience that will last them a lifetime. Call the Chamber for information or visit www.bitterrootchamber.com.

14. OBSERVE WILDLIFE AT THE TELLER REFUGE

The Teller Wildlife Refuge maintains 1,200 acres of farmland and river bottom dedicated to the conservation of native riparian habitat. Approximately 40 acres are open for the public to enjoy. Call 406-961-3507 or visit www.theteller.org.

15. BIKING IN THE BITTERROOT

No matter what kind of biking enthusiast you are or what age group you are in, the Bitterroot Valley has a trail for you. From mountain trails to our newly paved bike path that parallels US 93 for 45 miles from Lolo to Hamilton. If you did not bring your bike, no problem, we have local bike shops here to accommodate your every need. Valley Bicycles rents mountain bikes and they will be more than happy to fit you with a bike for your bicycling adventure, Call 406-363-4428 or email valleybicycles@yahoo. com.

21. PICNIC PLACES IN THE BITTERROOT

The Bitterroot has numerous places in which to relax and enjoy the beauty of our valley. Call the Chamber for more information on places to spread your blankets and relax. 406-363-2400.

22. SKIING AT LOST TRAIL POWDER MOUNTAIN

Lost Trail Powder Mountain features over 50 marked trails and 1,800 acres. Its longest run is 2.5miles and they have some of the best snow in Montana with over 300 inches annually. Visit www.losttrail.com.

23. CROSS COUNTRY SKIING IN THE BACK COUNTRY

You can begin your adventure at any Forest Service road or trail head. Chief Joseph trailhead is a beautiful place to begin your journey into the wilderness. Maps are available at the trailhead for your convenience as well as at your local Chamber and other businesses in the valley. Visit www.bitterrootxcskiclub.net for more information regarding this adventure.

24. SNOWMOBILING TRAILS

The Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains of our valley offer snowmobilers their destination for this activity. Explore areas that can only be seen during the winter by snowmobiling across vast acres of our beautiful mountain trails.

16. RIDE THE TRANSAMERICAN BICYCLE TRAIL

25. TRAVEL THE SAME TRAIL AS LEWIS & CLARK

17. PHEASANT HUNTING IN THE BITTERROOT

26. NEZ PERCE HISTORIC TRAIL

Between April and September, hundreds of cyclists across the country ride the 75 miles between Lost Trail Pass and Florence along Hwy 93, just one small portion of the 4,250 miles of the TransAmerican Bicycle Trail. Taking the same path that Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery took while traveling through the Bitterroot Valley. For a map of the trail, go to www.adventurecycling.org/routes/transamerican.cfm. Pheasant as well as other upland game bird hunting on 800 acres of prime upland habitat is where the Fetch Inn Lodge offers quality hunting. The lodge sits at the edge of the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. Call 363-5111 or visit www. fetch-inn.com.

18. RIDE ATV’S IN BACK COUNTRY OF THE BITTERROOT A great way to see our the beautiful scenery and wildlife is by four-wheel vehicles. There are two designated ATV trails, Overwhich Falls Trail and Chain of Lakes Trail. You will be able to view a wide range of wildlife and superb scenery. Rye Creek Lodge offers guided tours for this adventure. Call 821-4844.

19. GOLFING IN THE VALLEY

The Hamilton 18-hole Golf Course in Hamilton was designed by Gary Jacobson and has 6,545 yards of golf. Listed as one of the best public courses in the northwest, it was established in 1924. In Stevensville there is a 9-hole, Whitetail Golf Course. It features 2,859 yards of golf and this course was designed by Jason Allen.

20. TRAP SHOOTING

The Hamilton Trap Club has an excellent Five-Stand range. It is open Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. It is located on the Hamilton Airport Road in Hamilton, Visit www.hamiltontrapclub. com. The Whittecar Rifle Range is west of Hamilton and has six shooting ranges open to the public Wednesday through Sunday.

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Lewis and Clark entered the valley near Lost Trail Pass in September of 1805 where they came across the Salish Indian tribe. The Indians helped sustain the travelers with food and fresh horses. On their return trip in July of 1806, they once again traveled through the Bitterroot. For information on this epic event visit www.edgate.com/lewisandclark/expedition or stop by the Chamber for a brochure on their epic journey. The Bitterroot Valley is rooted deep in history and one of the historic stories was the Nez Perce Indians on their flight from the US Army in 1877. Hundreds of Nez Perce men, women and children, along with their livestock, traveled over 1,170 miles on a four-month journey in search of a new home after being forced to flee from their homeland. For more information on this story visit www.nezpercetrail.net.

27. VISIT HISTORIC ST. MARY’S MISSION

In 1841, Fr. Pierre Jean DeSmet, at the request of the Salish and Nez Perce Indian Tribes, established St. Mary’s Mission, making it the first church and pioneer settlement in the Pacific Northwest. Another Jesuit missionary, Father Anthony Ravalli, arrived in 1844 to be Montana’s first physician and pharmacist. For more information on this unbelievable story, call 406-777-5734 or visit www.saintmarysmission.org.

28. FORT OWEN STATE PARK

Parts of this 250x125 foot adobe and log trading post, stand steeped in history. In 1850, Major John Owen established the fort as a regional trade center. Period furnishings and artifacts are displayed in the restored rooms of the east barracks. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call 406-542-5500 or visit www.stateparks.mt.gov/parks/visit/fortowen.

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29. VISIT THE DALY MANSION

In 1886 Copper King Marcus Daly and his wife, Margaret, purchased the original homestead here in the Bitterroot Valley, where they built a Queen Anne style Victorian summer home. It has over 56 rooms, 25 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and 7 fireplaces. The three-story, 24,000 square foot home is surrounded by 50 beautifully landscaped acres. Tours are available during the summer months from May through October. Call 406-363-6004 or visit www.dalymansion.org.

30. RAVALLI COUNTY MUSEUM

Designed by A.J. Gibson in 1900, this historic brick building served as the county’s courthouse until 1979. Now it is the home of numerous exhibits from Natural History Room, Military Room, A Walk through the Bitterroot and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Rooms. Rotating exhibits as well as traveling exhibits are on display. Located at 205 Bedford Street in Hamilton, the Ravalli County Museum is a must stop while in the Bitterroot. Call 406-363-3338 or visit www.brvhsmuseum. org.

31. ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Marcus Daly promised land for the church’s construction and this English Gothic structure was built. Today it still stands much like it was back in the late 1800’s. Margaret Daly was a devout Episcopalian and a patroness of the church. Tours are available and can be scheduled by calling 406-363-3025 or visit www.bitterrootepiscopal.org.

32. STEVENSVILLE MUSEUM

Preserving the early growth of the Bitterroot, the Stevensville Museum displays numerous artifacts and pictures so you can turn back the clock and see what it was like in the early years of the valley. They are located at 517 Main Street in Stevensville, call 406-777-1007 or visit www.mainstreetstevensville. com for more information.

33. VICTOR HERITAGE MUSEUM

The Victor Museum is housed in what once was the Victor Depot. The museum hosts numerous relics and a vast array of articles from days gone by. The museum is located in downtown Victor or give them a call 406-642-3997 for more information. Also visit www.victorheritagemuseum.org.

34. DARBY PIONEER MEMORIAL MUSEUM

The Darby Museum houses a rare collection of home and business artifacts, which were donated by many pioneer families of the area. It was one of the first hand-hewn homestead cabins built in the area, and a photo of the cabin at its original site is on display. The museum is located on Main Street in Darby. For more information call 406-821-3753.

35. HISTORIC FOREST AND GUARD STATIONS

The Alta Ranger Station, which was built in 1899, is the oldest surviving Forest Service Ranger Station and is located on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. The East Fork Guard Station near Sula, a cabin on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. The lookouts provide beautiful views of the Sapphire, Bitterroot and Pintler mountain ranges. For more information on how to rent the lookouts or cabins, call 406-363-7100 or visit www.fs.usda. gov/bitterroot.

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36. DRIVING THE HISTORIC EASTSIDE HIGHWAY

If you are looking for a relaxing drive through the Bitterroot Valley, the Eastside Highway from Florence to Hamilton will provide you many historic sites and unsurpassed beauty of the valley. This roadway was the primary road before US 93 was constructed. Stop by the Chamber to pick up a brochure to make sure you see all the historic stops along the way.

37. VISIT THE ART GALLERY

The Bitterroot Valley has a galley of various artists and craftsmen. The valley is a paradise for local artists - it seems to bring out their creative juices. You will enjoy browsing through galleries and see the variety of talents we have right here in the valley.

38. ENJOY THE PERFORMING ARTS

Artists perform in a wide range of entertainment. Hamilton Performing Arts, Hamilton Players, Stevensville Playhouse, MAPS Media Institute, and the schools up and down the valley put on plays with exceptional talent. Call 406-363-7946 or stop by Chamber for information regarding the many varieties of performing arts to enjoy here in the valley.

39. ENJOY MONTANA A CAPPELLA CHOIR

The Montana A Cappella Society is a vocal choir from the Bitterroot Valley. They perform at various functions without instrumental accompaniment. The group has received international recognition and the society’s been invited to the prestigious International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland. For more information as well as available CDs, go to www. montanaacapella.org.

40. LIVE THEATER AT HAMILTON/STEVENSVILLE PLAYHOUSE

The Hamilton/Stevensville Players bring great entertainment to the Bitterroot. They provide several full scale productions each season as well as children’s workshops and numerous off-site special events. Hamilton Playhouse - call 406-375-9050 or visit www.hamiltonplayers.com.Stevensville Playhouse 406-7772722.

41. ENJOY SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

The Hamilton Players bring Shakespeare in the Park to the Bitterroot every year with a different touring performance. It is the only professional touring theater program in the state that produces Shakespeare’s plays and they are free to the public. Call Chamber for location 406-363-2400.

42. ARTIST ALONG THE BITTERROOT

The vast beauty of the valley seems to draw artists here to make their home. Beautiful and unique pieces of art can be found up and down the valley. Artists Along The Bitterroot hosts an Open Tour Studio in the spring and these events are free to the public. Call 406-531-0853 or visit www.artistsalongthebitterroot.com.

43. MONTANA PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS ASSOC.

The Montana Professional Artists Association hosts a Show and Sale every June at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. This show features artists from all over Montana. Admission is free - call 406-961-3887 or visit www.montanaprofessionalartists.com.

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44. BREWERY TOURS IN THE BITTERROOT

52. HORSE RANCHES IN THE VALLEY

45. TOUR OF WINERIES AND HARD CIDER

53. LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

The Bitterroot Valley boasts of five breweries right here in the Bitterroot Valley. Bitter Root Brewing and Higherground Brewing are both located in Hamilton. Blacksmith Brewing and Wildwood Brewery are located in Stevensville and Bandit Brewery is in Darby. Six businesses right here in the Bitterroot Valley are the home of some of the best wines, meads and hard cider you will find. Trapper Peak Winery and Montana Cider Work are both located in Darby. Blodgett Canyon Cellars and BackRoad Cider are located in Hamilton, and Hidden Legend Winery in Victor.

46. VISIT HULS DAIRY

Very few dairies are left here in the Bitterroot Valley, but Huls is one of them. A family operated dairy since 1908 with state of the art processing technology. For a tour and directions call 406-961-8887 or visit www.hulsdairy.com.

47. LIFELINE FARMS VISIT

With a herd of around 400 Brown Swiss Cows, sheep, lambs, pigs and an array of vegetables, herbs and flowers, Lifeline Farms is an agricultural wonder. Selling their own organic beef, pork, cheese and milk, makes them special to our valley. For a tour and directions call 406-642-3873 or visit www.lifelinefarm. com. This is a stop you do not want to miss while you are here in the Bitterroot Valley.

48. MOO-POO

Jeff Lewis and his father had a milking farm for years here in the Bitterroot Valley. Jeff began to look at other options in which to use some of their resources. He developed a revenue stream called Moo-Poo, a great compost to help everything come up green!! Jeff and his family have deep roots here and they are just another reason why our community is a great place to live. To get more information call 406-360-1828.

49. HISTORICAL FEED MILL

Lakeland Feed & Supply has been in this same location since the 1930’s. This tour is great for kids as well as adults to learn how traditional methods are combined with the latest scientific knowledge. Visitors are welcome to tour this facility. Call 406363-2334 to schedule a tour or visit www.lakelandfeeds.com.

50. ALPACA TOUR

Looking for something special - learn about one of the newest livestock industries in the Bitterroot. These animals furnish a wonderful, warm, lightweight, hypoallergenic fiber, that is turned into socks, garments and accessories of all kinds. For more information on these wonderful animals call 406-3810409.

51. VISIT AN EMU RANCH

Wild Rose Emu is one of two Emu Ranches in Montana. Clover Quinn is a remarkable woman as she has approximately 120 emus she takes care of. Emus are a prehistoric bird originating in Australia, they have no wing muscles but can run 35-40 miles per hour for short distances. 95% of the emu is a usable bird ... their meat, oil for your skin, supple leather, their feathers and their dark green eggs. Ranch is located at 284 Rose Lane in Hamilton and Clover welcomes visitors. Call 406-363-1710 or visit www.wildroseemu.com.

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Horses have always been a part of Montana, and the Bitterroot is blessed to have several organizations here that use horses as a healing process between men and animals. You will find a listing of these places by contacting the Chamber at 406-3632400. When spring comes to the valley, Farmers Markets from Darby to Florence begin their weekend markets. From locally grown produce, plants, flowers, baked goods and handcrafted items, these markets are packed every weekend with people wanting to take home something special from the Bitterroot Farmers Markets. Check the Calendar of Events to see starting dates and locations.

54. VISIT OUR FARM STANDS OR ORCHARDS

Several farm stands and orchards in the valley are open seven days a week during the growing season. You will find the best of the Bitterroot right here in our valley. For more information on our local food producers visit www.bitterrootvalleyfood.info/ producer%20directory.html.

55. WESTERN RESEARCH CENTER

MSU’s Western Research Center is located at 580 Quast Lane NE of Corvallis. The center addresses agricultural needs for its area of the state. To find out more information call 406-9613025 or visit www.ag.montana.edu/warc.

56. GET OUTDOORS

Florence’s Hideout Mountain sets aside a day in June for National Get Outdoors Day. There are activities of all kinds for kids and adults to enjoy. Hiking, biking, fishing, tennis and girding are just some of the great activities designed to get you outdoors and enjoy what the Bitterroot has to offer.

57. PARSONS PONY FARM FOR KIDS

What a great time kids have, whether they are experienced or it is their first ride. They are all assisted by an experienced wrangler and fitted with a helmet for their safety. Make sure you bring your camera to preserve the moment. Visit www. parsonsponies.com.

58. TAKE A TOUR OF THE DOLL MUSEUM

Located on the Eastside in Florence, this unique treasure showcases more than a thousand dolls. There is a variety of different dolls from Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Canada, with some being nearly two centuries old. Call 406273-6332 for more information.

59. STARS SHINE AT THEATRE SCHOOL

The Hamilton Players offer three theater schools for students K-12. They focus on fundamental performance skills, improvisation, introductory theater etiquette and technical skills. Call 406-375-9050 or visit www.hamiltonplayers.com for information on dates.

60. YOUTH HISTORY CAMP

The Daly Mansion hosts this event in June. Some of the activities include 19th century lawn games, participation in historic re-enactments, all with hands-on activities. This camp is geared to kids from 4th grade to 8th. Call 363-6004 ext. 3 for more information.

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61. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

The Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton offers a Summer Reading Program beginning in June. Libraries up and down the valley offer various programs for kids and adults of all ages to keep them interested in reading. Contact the Chamber for more information on the various programs offered.

62. CAMP INVENTION SCIENCE

A week-long summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six. The Camp Invention program instills vital 21st century life skills such as problem-solving and teamwork through hands-on fun!!!! Held at the Middle School in Hamilton at 209 South 5th St or visit www.campinvention.org.

63. DANCE STUDIOS

There are several dance studios located in the valley to develop the talents of local children; Bitterroot Dancers, Ballet Bitterroot, Dance EFX, Groovz Studio and River Street Dance Theatre. Call the Chamber for more information regarding these studios 406-363-2400.

69. A DIFFERENT KIND OF GOLF

Disc Golf . . . when you play on this course, it has baskets and ‘tones’ instead of holes. You do not need to bring your clubs but you will need a Frisbee. Spiritwood is a private 22 hole Disc Golf course. Kids and adults will enjoy this ‘Montana’ way to golf. Visit www.spiritwooddiscgolf.com or call 406-531-2707. For something different for the whole family, make sure you make this a stop.

70. FIND INNER PEACE BY WALKING THE LABYRINTH

The Redsun Labyrinth is an 800-year-old pattern. Labyrinths have been used for 4,000 years as a spiral design pattern. The walk takes approximately ½ hour and can also be used for ceremonies. Call 406-642-6675 or visit www.redsunlabyrinth.com.

71. CANDY IS DANDY IN THE BITTERROOT

64. GLAMPING IN THE BITTERROOT

With four candy stores in the Bitterroot Valley, there is no shortage of ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. All feature locally owned, homemade recipes of some of the best sweets you can imagine. Big Sky Candy, at 319 West Main in Hamilton - www. bigskycandy.com; Old West Gallery & Antiques, located at 202 South Main Street in Darby - www.montanaoldwestgallery. com; Wildflower Confections and Boutique is also located in Darby, 305 North MainStreet. www.wildflowerconfections. com .The Montana Chocolate Company, at 755 Main Street in Stevensville - www.mtchocolatecompany.com, and offer you true Montana sweets that will keep you comin’ back for more.

65. MONTANA WEDDING

72. KEEPING FIT

Glamping is the newest trend for camping. You can enjoy warm, comfortable sleeping accommodations, gourmet meals, guided tours, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and more, or just sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Call 406821-3115 or visit www.glamourcamping.net. You could not ask for a more romantic place for your wedding than right here in the Bitterroot Valley! Several unique settings, as well as charming lodges and cabins, make the valley the perfect spot for that special event. Call Creative Solutions, 406546-7727, or stop in at your local Chamber for more information.

66. TAKE IN A HORSE SHOW

Five nationally sanctioned Cutting Horse Competitions are held in the Bitterroot Valley. These events are held at the Sapphire Event Center located at 1750 Eastside Hwy near Corvallis. Visit www.sapphireeventcenterllc.com.

67. UNIQUE OUTDOOR PAINTING EXPERIENCE

You can enjoy a unique outdoor painting experience in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. The Bitterroot Valley has some of the most beautiful settings for painters. Stop, sit and paint a Montana experience here in the Bitterroot Valley.

68. WHAT’S COOKIN’

The Taste of Home Cooking School is held at the Performing Arts Center in Hamilton in September. This event is usually a sell-out, and the culinary specialists give a step-by-step instruction on how to make some very special recipes. You receive a gift bag and a Taste of Home cookbook. www.tasteofhome. com/cooking-schools.

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There are a number of fitness centers in the valley which offer passes for our visitors at every level of fitness. The Canyons Athletic Club - www.thecanyonsathleticclub.com; Iron Horse Athletic Club - www.ironhorseathleticclub.com; Right to Bear Arms - www.rtbamt.com, and Bitterroot Crossfit LLC, located at 2119 N. 1st St in Hamilton www.BitterrootCrossfit.com, all offer our visitors a way to keep up with their regular routines while visiting our valley.

73. HOT SPRINGS OFFER RELAXING RELIEF

Lolo Hot Springs was well know to the Indians long before the arrival of Lewis and Clark, and you can visit them at www. lolohotsprings.com. Lost Trail Hot Springs is another spot in the valley, which is just south of Sula. You can visit them at www. losttrailhotsprings.com. Both hot springs offer lodging where you can relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

74. ENJOY A NIGHT OUT

There will be no shortage if you are looking to dine out in the Bitterroot. A number of excellent and unique cuisines are offered by our local restaurants. From sushi to mouth-watering sandwiches, you won’t be disappointed at the variety of excellent choices to choose from. Check with the Chamber for a listing at www.bitterrootchamber.com.

75. ATTEND MONTANA MULE DAYS

The Bitterroot hosts Montana Mule Days in June, and this show has over 100 classes including log pulling, driving classes, western pleasure, trail class, team penning and costume classes. The event is held at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton. Call 406-363-3411 or visit www.montanamuledays. com.

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76. HERITAGE DAYS IN STEVENSVILLE

Stevensville’s Western Heritage Days is a step back in history. Wagon rides, barnyard games, Chuck Wagon Cook-off, vendors with handmade items, tours of Montana’s first settlement, music, beer and lots of great food. Call 406-777-3773 or visit www.mainstreetstevensville.com for more information.

77. SENIOR PRO RODEO

Cowboys from across the country come to compete in the National Senior Pro Rodeo held in Hamilton and Darby. All competitors are over the age of 40 and give the audience their money’s worth. From bull riding to barrel racing, this event has everything you want to see at a professional rodeo. Call 406363-3411 or visit www.seniorrodeo.com.

78. ELITE BULL CONNECTION

Darby brings in professional bull riders for this event to ride some of the best bulls found anywhere. Eight seconds can seem like a life time to try and stay mounted on a thousand pounds of pure muscle and meanness. An event that is dubbed as “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports”, is an event you will want to see, and it is happening right here in our Bitterroot Valley in Darby. Visit www.southvalleyevents.com.

79. RIDE DE ROOT IN THE BITTERROOT

Beginning in Darby, riders will meander their way through the beautiful back roads on the east side of the Bitterroot Valley, skirting the towns on Hamilton, Corvallis, and Victor, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Bitterroot mountains. Bikers can experience one of the most beautiful rides of their life during this event. Call 406-529-7887 or visit www.ridederoot. com.

80. TOUR OF THE BITTERROOT

The Bitter Root Land Trust sponsors this event to focus on getting people out biking and enjoying our beautiful Bitterroot Valley. This event is for all bikers no matter what your level of expertise may be. An event for the whole family to participate in - call 406-375-0956 or visit www.tourofthebitterroot.org.

81. ENJOY DARBY LOGGER DAYS

Timber sport competitions ranging from log rolling, pole climbing, saw cutting and axe throwing ... all in celebration of those who work in this time honored tradition of logging. There is music, vendors, food and lots of fun. This event is held at Connor Field in Darby. Call 406-381-5114 for more information regarding this event.

82. DALY DAYS IN HAMILTON

Celebrating Daly Days in Hamilton is a two-day event that has a host of activities for young and old alike. Downtown Hamilton has events, vendors, games, music, food, and a good old fashioned street dance. Car Show, Dutch Oven Cookoff, and contests are just a few of the activities that happen during this two-day event. Hamilton is the place to be the fourth full weekend in July - so don’t miss this celebration. Call 406-375-1900 for more information or visit www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org.

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83. BITTERROOT CHAMBER’S MICROBREW FESTIVAL

This event, sponsored by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber the fourth full weekend Saturday in July, offers the best microbrews, wine and meads Montana and the Northwest have to offer. With food, great music and a relaxed atmosphere, people come from all over to partake in the Annual Microbrew Festival held in Hamilton. You will return year after year to this event, which has been dubbed as Bitterroot’s Best Event! Call 406-363-2400 or visit www.bitterrootchamber.com

84. LAKE COMO TRIATHLON

If you are up for a challenge, then the Lake Como Triathlon is what you are looking for. Lake Como is the perfect setting for this event and is limited to 100 racers. Swim, bike and run in one of the most scenic places in Montana. Visit www.lakecomotri.com.

85. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL IS HARDTIMES

If you like Bluegrass - you will not want to miss the Annual Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival, which is located 10 miles south of Hamilton. This three-day event has some of the best bluegrass bands from all around the Northwest. Bring your lawn chairs and sit and listen to music that will have your feet stomping. Call 406-821-3777 or visit www.hardtimesbluegrass.com.

86. STEVENSVILLE CREAMERY PICNIC

When a fire destroyed the creamery in 1911, the manager told the community if they could rebuild the business in 30 days, he would host the biggest celebration the town had ever seen. So 101 years later the Creamery Picnic has remained an annual event for the town of Stevensville. For more information regarding this event call 406-777-3773 or visit www.creamerypicnic. com.

87. TOUR HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HAMILTON

Stop by the Chamber office to pick up your ‘Historic Downtown Hamilton’ Brochure. You can step back in time and view what it looks like today vs. back when Hamilton was becoming a thriving town. Call 363-2400.

88. BITTER ROOT RIVERFEST EVENT

Bitter Root Water Forum hosts this event to help educate children and family alike to the importance of our local riparian area. Lessons on the dynamics of a watershed are hands-on, where you can learn by experience. What better way to help our kids understand the importance of where they live and how to take care of the land and water. Visit www.brwaterforum.org for more information.

89. CELTIC GAMES AND GATHERING

Held on the Daly Mansion grounds, this festival brings in clans from all over. The two-day event has traditional Scottish and Celtic music, bagpipes, dancers, Highland competitions, authentic Scottish and Irish food, wares and cultural demonstrations. This unique event is one you won’t want to miss. For more information call 406-274-8886 or visit www.bitterrootscottishirishfestival.org.

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90. RAVALLI COUNTY FAIR

Featuring exhibits, carnival rides, vendors, agricultural displays and nightly entertainment, the Ravalli County Fair is something everyone looks forward to. The fair is an exciting time for those who look forward to entering their homemade, home grown or home raised entries for a chance to win a ribbon and/or money for their hard endeavors. Don’t miss the Ravalli County Fair right here in Hamilton in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. 3633411

91. SCARECROW FESTIVAL IN STEVENSVILLE

This annual event is sponsored by the Stevensville Art and Sculpture Society and held on the first Friday and Saturday in October. The public casts their ballots for their favorite scarecrow with cash prizes being awarded. This two-day funfilled event also includes a pumpkin carving contest, wagon rides, late night business open houses with treats for everyone. Call 406-777-3773 or visit www.mainstreetstevensville.com.

92. APPLE DAY AT THE MUSEUM

Hailed as the Biggest Bake Sale Under the Big Sky, the Annual McIntosh Apple Day Festival, held at the Ravalli County Museum, has over 700 apple pies made from scratch for sale. Apple butter, cider, caramel apples and a host of fresh fall produce. There are vendors from all over the state with their arts, crafts, food and produce. Come early and stay to the end. Call 406-363-3338 or visit www.brvhsmuseum.org.

93. HAMILTON’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

97. HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

There is nothing like relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery here in the Bitterroot, and what better way to enjoy it than in a carriage. Horse drawn trolley, surrey and wagon rides are available for weddings, family reunions, and special occasions. Call Pioneer Carriage at 406-961-3602 for more information.

98. WESTERN AGRICULTURE RESEARCH CENTER

The center was established in 1906 to deal with the booming apple industry in the Bitterroot Valley. The center is a research center for horticulture, soil and biological control of weeds, and is located on Quast Lane on the eastside of Corvallis. The facility is open to the public -- visit www.ag.montana.edu/warc for more information.

99. CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Step into this charming Christmas Showcase, which is open year around for your enjoyment. For more information visit www.robbinsonmain.com.

100. SKALKAHO FALLS

Skalkaho Highway 38 is located south of Hamilton and is one of the most scenic drives in the valley. The falls in the spring provide roaring water from the melt off and is a spectacular sight to view. Bring your camera and a lunch basket and enjoy the view from the Falls. Contact your local Chamber for information on the Falls 406-363-2400.

Hamilton kicks off the Christmas Holidays the day after Thanksgiving by hosting their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the post office in Hamilton. Stroll the streets and enjoy caroling by our own Montana A Cappella Society. Stop in and enjoy your local businesses with their unique gift selections as well as treats for the evening. Burning barrels on the corners, Santa and Mrs. Claus, lights sparkling and the true meaning of Christmas is celebrated. Call 406-360-9124 or visit www. hamiltondowntownassociation.org.

101. CHOCOLATE TASTING EVENT

94. MONTANA’S COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Hamilton Downtown Businesses host an annual Halloween Parade, which is held on Halloween Day, unless Halloween is on a Sunday, in which case it will be held on Saturday. This event is fun for kids and adults alike. Businesses open their doors to hand out treats for the kids, and the streets are blocked off for the safety of everyone. Call 406-360-9124 for more information or visit www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org.

Stevensville’s is full of holiday spirit during this festive time of year. Activities from arts, crafts, Parade of Lights, Live Nativity, Santa and wagon rides are part of this annual Christmas event. Come enjoy the holiday season in Stevensville, call 406-7773773 or visit www.mainstreetstevensville.com.

95. WALK THROUGH CENTENNIAL GROVE

Just 11.4 miles from Hamilton on the Skalkaho Highway is a wonderful place to stroll. This Grove is handicap accessible and includes at least 40 varieties of flowering plants and close to 100 different plants. Stop and enjoy the sounds and beauty of nature.

96. PAN FOR SAPPHIRES

Old and young alike will love panning for their own Montana Sapphires to take home. Whether you are looking for a bag of rocks, precious Montana Sapphires, a day of family fun, a stunning jewelry piece for yourself or a gift, you can find it all right here in the Bitterroot at the Sapphire Studio. Visit www. sapphiremining.com for more information.

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The Victor Heritage Museum hosts an Annual Chocolate Tasting Event the first Monday in December. This festive party and silent auction features a variety of chocolate for sampling. The museum is decorated to the hilt with Holiday Trimmings and no matter where you look you will see Chocolate! Visit www. victorheritagemuseum.org.

102. HALLOWEEN PARADE

103. BIG SKY FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL

This event is held every other year and will be held in June at the 1st Interstate Center in Hamilton. There will be exhibits, fiber art showcase, fiber stash sale, skein contest, vendors, workshops, food and lots of fun. This is where life’s threads are turned into art. Visit www.bigskyfiber.com for more information.

104. FIELD OF SCREAMS

For more than 15 years the Field of Screams has been scaring young and old alike. This outdoor fright-fest is five acres in size in which dozens of employees roam the field in haunting costumes, jumping out of the corn stalks and giving everyone an evening they will not forget. Field of Screams is located north of Hamilton, right off Hwy 93. Selected as one of the ‘scariest’ around! Take place in October.

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105. DANCING IN THE BITTERROOT

Country Western Dancing here in the Bitterroot Valley is something that everyone can enjoy. There are dances on the weekends as well as instruction. Contact bitterrootdancersinc@ gmail.com or www.bitterrootdancers.com.

106. DARBY DOG SLED RACES

The Darby Dog Derbvy is a sled dog race put on by the Bitterroot Mushers. Dog sledding history dates back over a thousand years and outdates any modern vehicle.. It is believed that dog sledding started in the arctic region where no transportation was possible. The first dog sled race was held in Minnesota in 1866 and has since continued to become a popular sport. Visit www.bitterrootmushers.org.

107. OUTDOOR MUSIC CONCERTS

Tuesdays at 12 at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton and the Bitterroot Community Band held at Claudia Driscoll Park Band Shell in Hamilton, are outdoor concerts held throughout the summer months. This is a chance to sit back, relax with friends and listen to some great local music. Call the Chamber 363-2400 for times and dates.

108. BRONC BUSTIN’ BARREL BURNIN’ RCA RODEO

Darby is the place to view some of the best and most exciting bull and bronc riding as well as some great rodeos. Darby is known for ‘Hang On To Your Hat’, during these events, as cowboys from all over try to stay in the saddle as some of the best rodeo stock tries to plant them in the dust. So if you like rodeo’s - Darby is where you want to be! Call Cal Ruark 5445536 for more information.

109. AGRI TOURISM

ABC acres has unveiled a new and exciting Agritourism service geared towards Farm Stay Vacations, complete with educational and participatory components for guests to learn about our ongoing regenerative agriculture systems, and how that directly benefits the local and global community. Call (406) 210-5710 or www.abcacres.com.

110. JEEP TOURS

There is no better place to enjoy the outdoors than the Bitterroot Valley! Anyone can take you for a ride in a Jeep, but Bitterroot Jeeps and Rovers offers you an open air Land Rover that will let you feel the cool air in the forest and smell the pine trees as you wind through the mountains in this unique vehicle. Call (406) 209-8907 or www.bitterrootjeepsandrovers.com.

111. RC FAIRGROUNDS

The Ravalli County Fairgrounds is not just for events, they also provide a place for kids to practice certain sports like soccer, in the First Interstate Center during the winter months. They also provide a two mile loop for Cross Country Skiers at the southwest corner of the property. Call 363-3411 for more information.

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Communities Florence History of

Florence

Its earlier settlers called the town ‘One Horse’ for the little creek that drains through it from the Bitterroot Mountains. In 1880, the town was renamed Florence for the wife of A.B. Hammond. Mr. Hammond was instrumental in opening the Bitterroot Valley for lumbering, and brought the railroad to the Bitterroot to transport timber. He set up a sawmill in the center of one of the Bitterroot’s best logging areas, and this site became the town of Florence in 1888. There was a town to the north called Carlton, which merged with Florence, thus the school name of Florence Carlton. Around the turn of the century, Florence had a post office, railroad depot, hotel, Catholic and Disciple Churches, I.O.O.F. Hall, blacksmith shop, livery stable, school, several stores, a small creamery and, of course, saloons.

Wildlife Viewing Threemile Wildlife Management area encompasses 6,050 acres. The area may be accessed by two-wheel drive vehicles between May 15 and December 1. The area lends itself to mountain biking in the summer - motorcycles and ATV’s are not permitted in this area. The primary goal is to provide winter range for elk and compatible recreational opportunities for the public. Threemile provides a mixture of motorized access and walk-in hunting opportunities for elk, mule deer, grouse

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IN THE BITTERROOT

Biking

The bike trail, now begins in Missoula and runs all the way to Hamilton. This trail was completed in 2016, and bikers, walkers and joggers alike take advantage of the trail as a safe and fun-filled family outing. Hideout Mountain is a playground that your kids will want to stay all day with many surprises! Farmers Markets are a weekly event during the summer months, flowers to fruits, vegetables and local crafts. If you like walking, biking or riding, Florence has great trails. Along Highway 93 you can go north to Lolo onto Chief Looking Glass Campground (on the Bitterroot River) or you can go south to Stevensville Bass Creek Campground or Poker Joe River Access - bicycling is encouraged! The Doug Vulcan trail runs from Florence to the Bitterroot River where Fish, Wildlife & Parks maintains river access. On the west side of the Bitterroot River, you can follow the Lewis and Clark Trail where Capt. Clark and his men returned from Oregon in 1806.

and black bear. Regulations for hunting district 204 apply to Threemile. Few elk inhabit this area during the summer months, but are often observed nonetheless. Most likely are songbirds and raptors. Activities offered are: Bicycling, Big Game, Bird Watching, Bird hunting, Bow Hunting, Deer Hunting and Camping. Threemile Wildlife Management area is located 9 miles east of Florence. Call 406-542-550 for more information

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STEVENSVILLE

Where Montana Began

History

St. Mary’s Mission - Stevensville MT

Montana’s first permanent settlement is thriving as a great little community - overflowing with small town charm. The Stevensville Main Street organization, working with all of the community businesses, strives to ensure that the community grows and prospers. The first Friday of every month residents and visitors enjoy ‘First Friday’ when the Main Street Businesses stay open late and show you their Stevensville hospitality. In the summer there are many community events, including Western Heritage Days, the Creamery Picnic, Scarecrow Festival, plays, and their Annual Christmas Celebration the first week in December. Tourism and Relocation Magazine

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Historic St. Mary’s Mission “Where Montana Began” - 48 years before Montana attained statehood! During the decade 1831-1841 four separate delegations of the Salish and Nez Perce Indian tribes traveled to St. Louis to petition for “Black Robes” to live among them. Belgian Jesuit, Fr. Pierre Jean DeSmet, along with 5 missionaries were sent in response to the requests. On September 24, 1841 St. Mary’s Mission established the first church in the Pacific Northwest and the first settlement in Montana. In November of 1845, Fr. Anthony Ravalli, S.J., arrived at St. Mary’s after being recruited from Italy by Fr. DeSmet. Fr. Ravalli was a true renaissance man in addition to being a Jesuit priest. He was Montana’s first physician, surgeon and pharmacist. Fr. Ravalli was an architect, artist, sculptor, and built the first grist mill and sawmill. He was assigned to St. Mary’s during 1845-1850 and again from 1866 until his death in 1884. Ravalli County was named in honor of Fr. Ravalli in 1893. Historic St. Mary’s Mission truly is “Where Montana Began” 48 years before Montana became a state. The photo gallery in Chief Victor’s Cabin, circa 1861, brings a sense of the 19th century when the Indian and European cultures merged. The Chapel, Fr. Ravalli’s log cabin and pharmacy are all restored to the 1879 era, furnished with items handmade by Fr. Ravalli. The Salish encampment represents the native homeland of the Bitter Root Salish, while St. Mary’s Chapel represents the first pioneer settlement in the Montana. Historic St. Mary’s Mission is the story of remarkable people in a turbulent time, and the assimilation of two very different cultures against the backdrop of the American Frontier. Walk through history and see, touch and hear this fascinating, controversial, and important chapter of this nation’s past.

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Victor Welcome to Victor

- Located in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. The 100 square mile unincorporated town has a population of about 2,500. Victor is nestled between the Bitterroot Mountain Range, Bitterroot River and the Sapphire Mountain Range. This positions the community of Victor for some of the most breath-taking panoramic views in this valley. The warmth and charm of Victor provides you with small community traditions and the ability to experience nature out your back door. With mountain corridors and the river close by, there is an abundance of wildlife and fowl. You’re just minutes away from a labyrinth, corn maze, float trip down the Bitterroot River, hike or horseback ride from one of the many trailheads. You can unwind at one of Victor’s vacation rentals, lodges or Bed and Breakfasts. Enjoy fantastic dining at Victor’s restaurants - known to be some of the Valley’s best! For larger groups, choose from one of the privately owned event destination centers - each having a unique landscape and charm. The town has a variety of businesses, with over 120 small businesses spread throughout the community. Victor’s school has over 300 students from K-12, including the new Mary Stuart Rogers Performing Arts Center with a capacity of 270. This new venue, with state-of-the-art equipment, was opened in 2009. Like most small Montana rural communities, Victor is close knit, helping and enjoying the town they live in. Events such as Victor Heritage Museum Annual Chocolate Tasting (the first Monday in December) or the ‘Field of Screams’, Western Montana’s #1 Haunted Attraction, shows how this community takes pride in their town!

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History of Victor

Timbered Bitterroot Mountains to the west and meadows with tall grasses flowing in the breeze. Bitterroots, camas bulbs and other native crops scattered along the foothills, cold crisp mountain streams finding their way to the river. Visualize numerous Salish sweat lodges along Sweat House Creek . . . Salish campsights arranged in a circle on Indian Prairie Loop and Chief Victor Camp Road are just a few locations where the Salish tribe used to camp and hunt. The people of the Red Willow (the Salish), a nomadic tribe, occupied the Bitterroot Valley including Victor before the earliest trappers and explorers came. Plenty of Horses christened as Victor, was chosen as chief of the Salish tribe. Chief Victor died in the summer of 1870 on a hunt near Three Buttes in eastern Montana. In the mid 1860’s, A. Sterne Blake and his Shoshone wife came to the valley and were among the original founders of Victor. Mr. Blake was also the first elected State Legislator from Missoula County, which at that time Victor was a part of. Founding of the townsite, originally named Garfield after President James A. Garfield, was August 20, 1881. It was later discovered when applying for a post office destination for the town, the name ‘Garfield’ had already been taken. The name Victor was made official December 12, 1881. Shortly after, Victor experienced the railroad and silver mining boom along with prosperity in lumber and agriculture. For more information on the Victor community visit us at www.victormt. com.

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CORVALLIS A great place to live or to visit! Corvallis, as its name suggests, is “the heart of the Bitterroot Valley.” Visit its historic buildings, drive or bike its rural roads, explore the river as it flows through the area…..for a taste of life in the valley as it was and as it is. The annual American Legion Memorial Day Parade is a not-to-be-missed event in Corvallis. The parade was first organized by returning World War I veterans, and has continued since to honor men and women who have died in our nation’s service. This is a wonderful event for people of all ages. It is preceded by a pancake breakfast, followed by a carnival, and draws people from all over the valley. Corvallis was one of the first settlements in the valley. Some of the Bitterroot’s most fertile soils are located in the Corvallis area, and the community has a long agricultural history, which continues to this day. Corvallis is home to the Western Montana Agricultural Research Experiment Station. Numerous historic farm houses along the Eastside Highway and along back roads attest to the area’s history, as do many buildings in the town area of Corvallis. Memories Café occupies a building built in 1881 as the first protestant church in the valley. The Brooks day care center, occupies the former Brooks Hotel, ordered from a catalog and constructed in 1894! A wagon train brought Elijah and Margaret Chaffin to the Corvallis area in 1864. The Chaffin homestead is now part of The Teller, a private wildlife refuge, which offers lodging in the historic Chaffin and Slack houses. In 1871, a post office was established in Corvallis and the town site was platted in 1879. Corvallis has grown along with the rest of the valley (the population of the Corvallis School District was estimated in 2005 at more than 6,500), but remains an unincorporated community. In 1867, the first public school was opened, in what was then Missoula County, and Corvallis officially became School District No.1, a designation it still carries Tourism and Relocation Magazine

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on Ravalli County records. Most residents would agree that the Corvallis community, in many ways, is centered around and defined by its schools. The Corvallis School District currently educates approximately 1,350 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and is the second largest school district in the county. The Corvallis Schools have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and progressive, child-centered educational programs. The U.S. Department of Education awarded Corvallis Middle School recognition as a Blue Ribbon School in 2002. The Corvallis community is shaped by its volunteer organizations. The Corvallis School District is governed by the elected, volunteer Corvallis School Board. Through donations, the volunteer Corvallis School Foundation supports programs that enrich and enhance the academic programs of the school district. In 2007, an all-weather track, football field, soccer fields, and playground were completed on school district property through the fundraising efforts of community members who formed the Corvallis Community Events Center Foundation. The Corvallis Volunteer Fire Department offers first class service to Corvallis and recently constructed a new fire hall and meeting room along the Woodside Cut-Off Road.

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HAMILTON Hamilton’s History Hamilton was not a pioneer village in the days it was founded. Instead, it was a planned town of wide streets and avenues, a complete economic center for an area of farms and stock ranches. The History of Hamilton began when Marcus Daly, a great finance figure of the 1880 era in Butte and Anaconda mining development, made his way into the Bitterroot Valley seeking interests other than mining. About 1887, Mr. Daly bought up small sawmills west of the present site of Hamilton and almost overnight had established a lumber making industry on the bank of the Bitterroot River. Marcus Daly’s next move was to bring two men from another state to plan and develop his dream town. They were James Hamilton and Robert O’Hara who came from Minnesota in 1890. Mr. Daly named Hamilton after James Hamilton and the town was incorporated in 1894; Mr. O’Hara was named the first mayor.

Hamilton was named as one of the most beautiful towns in Montana to visit!!! Located in the middle of the Bitterroot Valley is the county seat of Ravalli. Hamilton is home to over 4,400 people and the immediate area around the town has somewhere over 12,000 people. Downtown Hamilton has several historic buildings with unique shops and restaurants. Looking west on Main Street is a beautiful view of the Bitterroot Mountains. Beautiful street scape, trees, and street lamps invite one to enjoy the unique downtown shops. Highway 93, which passes through town, also boasts a variety of shops, grocery stores, and gas stations. The Chamber of Commerce is located on the corner of Main Street and Highway 93. The city offices are located in the historic Bedford Building just across the street Page 22

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Photo Kelly Huibregtse http://asideofsweet.com/ hamilton/ from the Ravalli County Courthouse. The Ravalli County Museum, housed in the old courthouse, was built in 1900. Each July, Hamilton comes alive as the entire town celebrates ‘Daly Days’ in honor of the city founder, Marcus Daly. This event includes arts, crafts, and food vendors on the streets. The local businesses hold their annual sidewalk sales, games for the kids, and just a block away in the park, the Chamber of Commerce, holds its annual Micro-Brew Festival; all this makes for a weekend of events, sharing, reminiscing with old friends, and meeting new friends.

The town of Hamilton hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Apple Day, Bitter Root Day, a variety of art functions, several plays, art, and craft shows and the Ravalli County Fair. These are just a few of the exciting activities planned throughout the year. Visit www. cityofhamilton.net

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dARBY Darby is a small town located at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley in southwestern Montana, just one hour from Missoula and 30 miles to the Idaho border. The Sapphire Mountains are to the East and the gorgeous Bitterroot Mountains are to the West, with many recreational opportunities abounding in the Bitterroot National Forest. Darby was named in 1888 by its Postmaster James Darby; and its overall architecture has a distinct western flair. Log buildings still stand as a reminder of the gold dust days. Darby’s Pioneer Memorial Museum was originally one of the first hand-hewn homestead cabins built in the area. Warm, friendly people will greet you at the unique shops, grocery store, post office, library, restaurants, saloons and lodging establishments. Visitors will enjoy the National Museum of Forest Service History located here. To pay tribute to its founding fathers, Darby hosts Logger Days each summer. Darby is a rural small town that is horsefriendly. The lifestyle is laid back. The pace is slow. There are so many activities to participate in and enjoy, because Darby is the gateway to nature’s playground. Highlights of this prime recreation area include Alta Ranger Station, Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum, Lake Como Recreation Area, Lost Trail Ski Area, Painted Rocks Lake, Skalkaho Falls, and 3.5 million acres of untouched wilderness. The first USDA Forest Service ranger station was established in Darby, and visitors will enjoy the National Museum

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of Forest Service History located there. This is a great place to visit for families, four-wheelers, hikers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, anglers, hunters, nature lovers, photographers, skiers, and sightseers. The incredible scenery in

western Montana will revitalize you. With a population in 2007 of 853 people, the town is a quiet one with spectacular scenery and fabulous fishing opportunities. Just minutes away are the East and the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, known for some of the finest fishing in the country. The Painted Rocks State Park and reservoir, as well as other streams and lakes, make Darby prime territory for the fishing enthusiast. With Brook Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, and Westslope Cutthroat Trout prevalent, Darby and its surrounding areas is the perfect fishing destination providing a once in a life time “Big Sky” experience. Darby is located on Highway 93, which

constitutes part of the Lewis and Clark Trail. This scenic highway, going all the way from Canada to Mexico, is part of the Transcontinental Bicycle Path and is close to the Continental Divide Hiking Trail. Skalkaho Falls, just north of Darby, is one of western Montana’s “must sees.” This breathtaking waterfall can be viewed close up from the road! Lake Como Recreation Area, approximately four miles north of Darby, is a beautiful mountain lake and is one of the Valley’s most popular camping and boating sites. The six-mile loop trail around Lake Como is suitable for hiking, mountain biking and accessing the lake for swimming or picnics. The first quarter mile is wheelchair accessible. Lake Como dam was constructed in 1905 to provide late season irrigation for the Bitterroot Valley farmers and ranchers. Early Forest Rangers, Than Wilkerson and Henry Tuttle, constructed a one-room Lodgepole Pine cabin with a sod roof in June 1899. The resulting Alta cabin is the first ranger station in the United States and still stands on the West Fork Ranger District. Alta Pines are the oldest ponderosa pines in the Bitterroot Valley and can be seen before reaching the ranger station.

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SULA

Marie Christopher Photography Sula is the post office. It is not a city or even a town or group of buildings. Literally it is the post office in Ross Hole. All the years since the first settlers, Sula Post Office has been the heart of cow country that is Ross Hole. Sula post office is in the old neighborhood or Ross Hole with Sula Peak and the Sula Range guarding it. The Sula post office could be called the “Capital of Ross Hole.” In the early days, Jack and Will Kerlee drove the stage from Darby all the way up the East Fork to deliver mail at stage stops and finally to the Scott Sherrill ranch house where the Sula post office was located. Mail sacks were distributed to homes along the 20-mile stretch of country road. The historic name of Ross Hole continued to be the name of the area, but the first post office got its name, Sula, to honor Sula Thompson, as the first white child born in Ross Hole. Her father was known as “Longhair Thompson.” He was the second Sula postmaster. Will Wetzsteon was the first. Jim Lord and his brother came to Ross Hole in 1882, bringing Bertie Lord, Jim’s son, with them. After the hard winter of 1886-1887, the worst for Montana

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and Clark expedition met the Shoshone Territory, they were discouraged and had Indians. Sula was originally settled by to sell out to Longhair Thompson. Jacob Wetzsteon and his large family of Scott Sherrill and his two children, sons and daughters. Forrest and Mira, with his second wife and her child, Eva Helt, moved to Ross Hole in 1890. They bought the Thompson place for $1,000. After Thompson left, Scott Sherrill was the postmaster until he died in 1901. Two sons, Theo and Archie, were born to Scott Sherrill and his wife in Ross Hole. Mrs. Sherrill gave up the post office job then and once more it was Will Wetzsteon’s job as Sula postmaster. Sherrill tried to have the name changed from Sula to Sherrill, but was not successful in doing so. Scott Sherrill’s father, Jacob Sherrill, was a Come stay at A Li’l Bit of Heaven here in Corvallis pioneer. the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Completely Sula is located at the south end of furnished vacation rentals, borders National the valley, on the East Fork River, Forest on three sides with complete privacy. and is 16 miles from the Idaho Come enjoy Montana and all we have to offer. border on Highway 93. It is known historically as Ross’ Hole because Margie & John Mikesell a Hudson Bay fur trader, Alexander 7987 Highway 93 South Ross, spent the severe winter of Sula, MT 59871 - 406-821-3433 1824 in the area. Sula is best known www.alilbitofheaven.com for being the place where the Lewis

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Historical Sites

Daly Mansion

Over two million dollars in restorations Located on 46 acres of lush landscape, have been completed in the Mansion, the grounds and the outbuildings. the Daly Mansion is the historic home The three-story mansion is on 50 treed of 19th Century American industrialist acres off the Eastside Highway. Included Marcus Daly. The exhibits here convey on the mansion grounds are a tennis court, the story of Daly and his rise from workswimming pool, greenhouse, playhouse, ing-class immigrant to copper magnate, and a laundry building. The Daly Mansion as well as local, regional, and internais open daily for tours and is host to special tional history tied to his extended family. events, weddings and reunions. The Daly Mansion, built in the late The Daly Mansion welcomes guests with 1800’s by Marcus Daly for a summer disabilities. We have an elevator that travels home for his family, was originally called from the 1st floor, 2nd floor and 3rd floor. ‘Riverside’. Mr. Daly, an Irish immigrant, There is handicap parking next to the house made his fortune just as copper was for state-issued parking permit holders. coming into use for telegraph and electric Much of the Daly Mansion is accessible to wire. The Georgian-Revival style manguests in wheelchairs, although some areas sion has 25 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms are not due to the historic architecture of covering 24,000 square feet. the building. After Mrs. Daly’s death in 1941, the Today, the Mansion is a hub of local Mansion was closed and boarded up until culture, entertainment, engagement and 1987, when it was opened to the public. historical interpretation. We see nearly

10,000 visitors annually, and a team of over 100 volunteers are dedicated to preserving the grounds and house for the enjoyment of all who enter. The Daly Mansion is a treasure of history and intrique, and we are thrilled to share it with visitors and community members alike. Tours are available from Mid-May through October. Fall/Winter season tours are available - call for week day appointments 363-6004. Adults are $9.00, Seniors $8.00, Youth $6.00 (ages 6-17) and under 6 are free.

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St. Mary’s Mission

Historic St. Mary’s Mission stands in the shadow of St. Mary’s Peak in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Fr. Pierre De Smet, a Jesuit priest, founded the Mission in 1841. The State of Montana grew from those early beginnings of the settlement first called St. Mary’s and later named Stevensville. The town holds the distinct honor of being the place “Where Montana Began”. The well-preserved buildings and artifacts of the Mission Complex afford visitors a look back at the historical beginnings of the birth of the State and the settlement of the West. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, St. Mary’s Mission is a cultural and historical icon of the early days of the American West. Historic St. Mary’s Mission, Inc., continually strives to strengthen ties with, and acknowledge its roots in Native American culture, while preserving the area’s delicate past for future generations. Formed in 1988, Historic St. Mary’s,

Inc., is a non-profit organization. The goal of the organization is to preserve, restore, maintain and promote the Mission Complex founded in 1841 by Jesuit priests under the leadership of Father Pierre Jean De Smet, S.J. The town of Stevensville and the State of Montana were formed from these early beginnings. The Mission is administered by a seven member Board and operated by a Director. Volunteers serve as tour guides, grounds keepers, clerical workers and see to the operation of the gift shop. The maintenance and operation of the Mission is reliant on donations, tour fees,

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gift shop sales and grants. Programs such as the $2 A Month Club also help support operating costs. For travelers and local visitors alike, the old Mission affords a look back to the State of Montana’s earliest beginnings - the place where agriculture, medicine, education and religion were first introduced. The Mission Complex is open for tours from April 15 through October 15. Groups and school tours are always welcome. The web site provides a “tour” for those unable to visit in person. Here you will find photos, the history of the Mission Complex, and discover the roles the Salish people, Fr. De Smet and Fr. Anthony Ravalli, S.J. played in its development.

GUIDED TOURS: April 15 - October 15 Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm Saturday 11 am to 3 pm (406) 777-5734 Tours include cabins of: Chief Victor Fr. Ravalli and St. Mary’s Chapel Museum and Gift Shop located in the Visitor Center Visit the site

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Fort Owen

Major John Owen’s frontier trading post and Indian Agency is located half a mile west of Stevensville. Selfguided tours are available to see the preserved structures of the original Fort. Built of adobe and logs, Fort Owen is the site of the first permanent white settlement in Montana. Father Pierre DeSmet came to the area in 1841 and established St. Mary’s Mission among the Flathead Indians. In 1850, Major John Owen arrived in the valley and set up camp north of St. Mary’s. In time, Major Owen established a trading post and military strong point named Fort Owen, which served settlers, Indians, and missionaries in the valley. Fort Owen still has permanent structures that

stand today.

Fort Owen is a State Park and sits at an elevation of 3,398 feet. The park has a vault toilet, a picnic table, and celebrates Fort Owen Day each 4th of July. There are no fees to visit the park but donations are welcome. It is located just north of Stevensville. Period furnishings and artifacts are displayed in the restored rooms of the east barracks. Take your time to browse through a small museum housed in preserved and partially-reconstructed structures. Enjoy the interpretive signs and exhibits that detail the state park’s history.

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Lee Metcalf National Wildlife

Refuge, established on February 4, 1964, is a 2,800-acre refuge located in the Bitterroot River Valley of southwest Montana. The refuge is approximately 2 miles north of Stevensville and 25 miles south of Missoula in Ravalli County, Montana. Elevation ranges from about 3, 225 feet on the north end of the refuge to about 3, 314 feet on the south. This floodplain refuge provides a diverse mosaic of western mountain valley habitats including gallery and riverfront forest, wet meadow, wetlands, and grassland benches. The refuge provides opportunities for the public to enjoy compatible wildlifedependent public use activities including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation. The refuge is a very popular community and tourist destination with 240,000 visits (2013 Refuge Annual Performance Plan).

Wildlife Refuges in the Bitterroot

Teller Wildlife Refuge

(Teller) established in 1988, is a private, non-profit conservation organization located in the heart of western Montana's Bitterroot Valley near the town of Corvallis. With 1,200 acres stretching along a five-mile section of the Bitterroot River, Teller is made up of diverse habitats, including streams, spring creeks, irrigation ditches, emergent and open water wetlands, and agricultural fields.

Teller exists because of the foresight of two conservation legends, Otto "Mose" Teller and Phil Tawney. The two joined together in the early 1980s to work for the conservation of Montana's natural resources. Otto was an avid fly fisherman and waterfowl hunter, conservationist and summer resident of the Bitterroot Valley for more than 50 years. He became increasingly concerned about the fragmentation of habitat in the Bitterroot, and began purchasing river bottom and farmland properties. He combined 18 smaller properties near Corvallis to recreate what had been the Chaffin and Slack family homesteads (See our Homestead Histories page). With the help of attorney Phil Tawney, Otto consolidated and placed the 1,200 acres into conservation easements, assuring that the land will remain forever undeveloped. Otto remodeled some of the homes and barns on the properties to serve as guest houses for visitors and as a meeting place for conservation gatherings and forums. Otto passed away on December 1, 1998. Because of the generosity of Otto and his wife Anne, Teller Wildlife Refuge continues to exist as the non-profit, tax-exempt organization incorporated by Otto and Anne in 1988. Today, a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees and a small, professional staff manages the day to day operations, implements the Boardapproved Strategic Plan and insures delivery of Teller's mission.

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ABC acres - Agritourism & Adventure in the Bitterroot Valley

1075 Sleeping Child Rd Hamilton MT 59840 www.abcacres.com

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Big blue skies, sparkling lakes and rivers, and magnificent forests of the deepest greens are very much alive within the Montana landscape. Unknown to us, and with our heads down amidst the hustle and bustle of corporate life in the metropolises of America, we had become cut off from this simple, yet cultured and fulfilling existence. It was a spur-ofthe-moment vacation to the mountains of Montana that jogged our senses and allowed us to appreciate and connect with the natural world which surrounds us. Fast forward fifteen years later, and we now find ourselves four years into operating a Permaculture farmstead in the heart of the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, Montana. What Permaculture is, and how ABC acres uses its prescribed methods of design to create productive, healing agriculture systems, is the basis for everything we are about. As a family-run business, ABC acres is working around the clock to implement a Regenerative Agriculture system….a system that offers blueprints toward healthier and more efficient operations in food production. Through our many successes, and occasional failure, we strive to offer visitors to the farm a glimpse into an agricultural operation that heals the land, grows strong, healthy livestock and edibles, and offers consumers truly clean, healthy food options for their tables. Permaculture is a design science that looks to incorporate elements found in natural ecosystems such as diversity, resiliency, and stability, and place them into an agricultural system for healthier and more productive results. ABC acres applies the concepts and principles of Permaculture to create a perennial-based regenerative agriculture operation which results in healthy livestock and food harvests, while also sequestering carbon, eliminating soil run-off, building productive and healthy forested ecosystems, all the while reducing our footprint of energy use which directly affects and contributes to global pollution and erratic climatic events. As we enter 2017, ABC acres has unveiled a new and exciting Agritourism service geared towards Farm Stay Vacations, complete with educational and participatory components for guests to learn about our ongoing regenerative agriculture systems, and how that directly benefits the local and global community. While taking in the Valley’s sweeping views from the patio, or strolling freely about the farm in the cool Summer air, one may notice that ABC acres employs a strict ‘no-till farming’ policy. Alternatively, ABC acres utilizes perennial systems for their food harvest and fodder production. Nut and fruit trees, along with root crops, make up an abundance of our seasonal palate, in addition to an assortment of traditional annuals sown and harvested in beds free of ground disturbance. This particular focus of the operation eliminates seasonal soil run-off into neighboring waterways while at the same time reduces our use of diesel fuel, thereby lessening the effect of pollutants from the farm. Visitors who are attracted to the varying colors, sweet fragrances, and diversity in seasonal pollinator species, will feel right at home while touring the 80 acre property. Through a Permaculture design system which mirrors natural ecosystems, ABC acres uses the way of nature to supply nutritional and mineral goodness to the soil. The pastures and various landscapes incorporate a diverse set of perennials to bolster the soil health free of any chemical fertilizers or other applications.

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Nitrogen-fixing grasses, dynamic accumulator plants, and biomass building forbs are all part of this design guild to fertilize and build our soil productivity….soil productivity that directly feeds adjacent flowering fruit trees and shrubs, medicinal and culinary herbs, and varying livestock populations. For those that enjoy targeting the native bird population, you may just lose your mind with the staggering population of birds that visit the farm seasonally, as well as those that nest yearround. With looking to a Permaculture approach, we can again leverage up on natural ecosystems to create a healthy landscape for both livestock and food crops. At ABC acres we work through design to establish a thriving bird and insect population to increase pest management practices devoid of harmful pesticides and herbicides. Nearly two hundred nest boxes are erected throughout the farm, while vibrant, aromatic flowers have been planted to attract predatory insects. All of these welcome guests prey upon an array of pests throughout the year, and as a result reduce the pest population that would otherwise attack and upset animal and food crop health. Building on the

concept of birds as natural pest combatants, we utilize poultry flocks in a ‘leader-follower’ strategy behind the cattle and pigs, whereby the chickens break into fresh manure piles and peck out gestating maggots and eggs. By observing patterns within the natural world, we can imitate and apply these to our farming operations, thereby creating a system that requires less energy and produces less waste to obtain abundant and healthy results. While one may or may not be fortunate enough to witness the majestic sight of an elk herd moving throughout the fields and forests of our Bitterroot Valley, any visitors to ABC acres will have the opportunity to experience our cattle herd being managed in a way that takes its cue from how mega-herds of grazing animals once freely roamed the wild grasslands of the West. Using daily paddock rotations throughout our pastures by way of portable electric fencing, we’ve created a unique setting for calm, respectful viewing and photography opportunities for our Farm Stay guests. Furthermore, and what are the main goals for managing cattle in this manner, this system regenerates the pastures and gives the cattle fresh and nutritious grass to graze on and enjoy at their leisure. By using these planned periods of short, intense grazing, followed by long recovery periods exceeding a month and longer, we are able to not only grow more productive pastures, but also sequester atmospheric carbon and store it in a stable form as organic matter in the soil. Good for the land, the livestock, and the planet.

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When taking your eyes off the pastures, livestock, and neighboring water features, and turning skyward, you will note our extensive solar power systems. Mounted to several farm buildings, ABC acres takes advantage of the Big Sky sunshine in energizing the farm via a 27kW Photovoltaic system. Though this system doesn’t supply 100% of our energy needs, it does significantly decrease our energy demands from the grid, and thereby greatly reduces our energy footprint on an annual basis. In conjuction with these new approaches to agricultural production, we have created a number of on-farm educational components to inspire participation and contemplation by all those who choose to visit ABC acres. Such educational aspects include regularly scheduled farm tours, workshops, self-guided walking paths, strategically located informative kiosks, as well the occasional Movie Nights and Friday Socials. Additionally, ABC acres’ Agritourism program now offers two newly-built, spacious, and well-appointed homes for vacation rental and an up-close and personal introduction to seasonal farm life. Guests who choose to stay at ABC acres not only get to see and hear all that goes on day-to-day, but also have the option to dine on farm-raised foods, accompany staff with livestock feeding chores, secure custom-made tours/discussions, as well as work with our Farm Stay Management to discover offfarm adventures and services so to take in the full breadth of that which the Bitterroot Valley has to offer. Whether you are looking for mountain biking deep in the forest, flyfishing the Bitterroot River, trekking to the top of Trapper Peak, or simply relaxing on the porch overlooking ABC acres’ and the incredible views surrounding the property, the opportunity is there for you to reconnect with the natural wonders that Montana so abundantly provides. As we continue our efforts toward operating a successful farmstead, we will look to natural ecosystems as a guide to improve our efficiencies and overall performance. As visitors and Farm Stay guests take in all that ABC acres is putting forth, we are hopeful to stir emotions that create conversation for global change. At ABC acres we are certainly trying to do our part by walking a new walk, and we welcome one and all to our little slice of Montana heaven so that you too can be amazed by the wonder and magic of our natural world.

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Big Sky Candy

319 West Main Street Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-0580 bigskycandy.com

Sweet Sensations Shoppe 220 Kratofil Court Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 396-2890

Old West Candy

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Calendar of Events Connecting Communities . . .

family event with free candy, popcorn, cheese nachos and pop. Call 350-2360 for more information MARCH 26 Family Bowling Day at the Bitterroot Valley Lanes in Hamilton from 2 to 5 pm. Tickets sold at the door. Prizes for kids of all ages. Call 375-6530 for more information. MARCH 16 Historic St. Mary’s Mission annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Family Center, 400 Charlos Street in Stevensville from 4 to 7 pm. Call 7772067 for more information.

MARCH 31 Bitterroot Performing Arts presents Davina and the Vagabonds, high-energy live show, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center in Hamilton beginning at 8 pm, Information/tickets 363-7946.

MARCH 18 Boots and Bling, it’s a rodeo queen thing’s event at the First Interstate Center at 6 pm. For more information www.missrodeomontana.com or check out facebook – Boots & Bling fundraising Gala.

APRIL 4 Pasty Night from 4 to 8 pm at MineShaft Pasty Co. The first Tuesday of each month is Pasty Night. A portion of all proceeds are donated to Hamilton Players.

MARCH 18 Saturday, March 18th, 10am -12pm | Saturday Learning Adventure Series: Saint Patrick’s Day. Come and learn about what St. Patrick’s Day celebrates as well as about the Irish immigrants that lived and worked in Butte, MT. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 MARCH 19 St. Patrick’s Brunch at Sapphire Lutheran Home $12/person. Call 363-2800 for more information. MARCH 24 F.A.R.M. Farm and Ranch Musical at RC Museum. Black Paw Music & Wine Raffle. Reception at 65 pm sample hors d’oeuvres and purchase wine raffle tickets. Show starts at 7 pm. Call 363-3338 for more information. MARCH 25 Mule Deer Foundation 5th Annual Banquet at First Interstate Center in Hamilton. 5 to 10 pm, call 349-9955 for more information. MARCH 25 Saturday, March 25th, 10am -12pm | Saturday Learning Adventure Series: Apache Concentration Game. The Apache Indians were introduced to paper when the Spanish explorers happened upon them. Make your own version of cards to play the game concentration. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 MARCH 25 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Movie Night at 6 pm at City Hall (Bedford Room), presents ‘Hungry Hippo’’. Free

APRIL 7 Culture Crawl downtown Hamilton from 4 to 7 pm. Stop in at all 5 galleries and be entered in a drawing for a $50 give card. The Gallery at Clay Works, 808 S 1st; Art City, 407 West Main St; Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery, 101 S 7th St; Art Focus, 215 Main St; and The O’Hara Commons, 111 South 4th St. APRIL 8 Saturday, April 8th 10am -12pm | Saturday Learning Adventure Series: Sprout House
. Join us for this FREE kids’ activity to build a house that will sprout with sponges, paper, and seeds! Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 APRIL 13 Thursday April 13th | Ernst Peterson Exhibit Closes Closing day on Ernst Peterson, Photography Montana and Beyond Exhibit. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 Thursday April 13th | Touching the Surface Exhibit Closes. Closing day on Touching the Surface: Wes Mills - An Artist Collects, Treasured Objects from China’s Past Exhibit. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 APRIL 13 MDMH continues with Eye Sight Matter series from 5:30 to 6:30. www.mdmh.org for more information.

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APRIL 14 Hamilton Tonight – Honoring Nonprofit Night in downtown Hamilton. Call 360-9124 or www. hamiltondowntownassociation.org APRIL 14-15, 21-23 & 28-30 Hamilton Players presents Love, Sec, and the I.R.S. Friday and Saturdays performance at 8 pm Sundays at 2 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information. APRIL 15 Saturday, April 15th 10am -12pm | Saturday Learning Adventure Series: Four Winds Chime
Did you know you can hear the wind sing? Join us for this FREE kids’ activity and create a Unangan-inspired wind chime to listen to the winds. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 Saturday April 15th 10am-12pm | Let Your Imagination Soar: Model Kite Building for all Ages Welcome in Spring with this FREE family friendly event where YOU get to be the engineer! We’ll provide materials, the plans and some friendly folks to help you build it. When your kite is complete, you’ll get the chance to test the aerodynamics of your creation! Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 APRIL 22 Hamilton Farmers Market will host a Mini Market in Legion Park in Hamilton. Times are from 9 to 1. Call 961-0004 for more information. APRIL 22 Saturday, April 22nd 10am -12pm | Saturday Learning Adventure Series: Moccasins are a type of soft shoe worn by many Native Americans throughout history. Join us for this FREE kids’ activity and create your very own pair of moccasins! Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 APRIL 22 Hamilton Downtown Association presents Wine Fest at the Bedford Building from 6 to 9 pm. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org APRIL 22 Mt. Rockies Bluegrass Assoc. Festival at Lone Rock School, 1112 Three Mile Creek Rd. Begins at noon and goes until 10 pm. Come listen to best bluegrass and old-time music in the Northwest. www.mtbluegrass.com or 821-3777.

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APRIL 29 Bitterroot Performing Arts presents Darrell Scott, Grammy nominated performer and recording artists, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center in Hamilton beginning at 8 pm, Information/tickets 363-7946. APRIL 29 Saturday, April 29th 10am -12pm | Saturday Learning Adventure Series: Navajo Concho Belt. Navajo people made small metal disks that were turned into beautiful belts. How beautiful will yours be? Come make a poncho belt of your own at this FREE kids’ activity! Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 APRIL 29 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Movie Night at 6 pm at City Hall (Bedford Room), presents ‘Miracles From Heaven’. Free family event with free candy, popcorn, cheese nachos and pop. Call 350-2360 for more information MAY 2 Pasty Night from 4 to 8 pm at MineShaft Pasty Co. The first Tuesday of each month is Pasty Night. A portion of all proceeds are donated to Hamilton Players. MAY 4 National Day of Prayer event at St. Mary’s Chapel in Stevensville from 12 to 1 pm. 2730066 MAY 5-7 – MAY 12-14 – MAY 19-21 Stevensville Playhouse presents ‘’Fiddler on the Roof’ . 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. For more information call 777-2722. MAY 5 Pie in the Big Sky Pie Auction at Rocky Mountain Bank in Stevensville at 6:30 pm. Call 777-3773 MAY 5-7 & MAY 12-14 & MAY 19-21 Stevensville Playhouse presents Fiddler on the Roof at 7 pm Fri., & Sat. 2 pm Sunday. 777-2722 MAY 6 Bitterroot Performing Arts presents Spring for the Arts, a fund raising event for the Bitterroot Performing Arts Council, at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center in Hamilton beginning at 8 pm, Information/tickets 363-7946. MAY 6 Hamilton Farmers Market officially opens – theme “May Fest For Kids. Hours from 9 am to 1 pm. Call 961-0004 for more information. MAY 12 Culture Crawl downtown Hamilton from 4 to 7 pm. Stop in at all 5 galleries and be entered in a drawing for a $50 give card. The Gallery at Clay Works, 808 S 1st; Art City, 407 West Main St; Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery, 101 S 7th St; Art Focus, 215 Main St; and The O’Hara Commons, 111 South 4th St.

MAY 12 Boot, Scoot & Boggie - Annual SAFE Banquet at the First Interstate Center in Hamilton. 6 to 10 pm. Call 363-2793 for more information regarding this event. MAY 12 Hamilton Tonight –Mother’s Day Celebration and Shopping. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org MAY 13 Daly Mansion presents Mother’s Day Tea from noon to 2 pm at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. MAY 13 Bitterroot Performing Arts Council presents Annual Spring for the Arts Event at St. Francis Community Center in Hamilton from 6 – 10 pm Call Staci 363-7946 for more information. MAY 13 Youth Conservation & Education Expo at Red Slack Barn, Teller Wildlife Refuge, 1180 Chaffin Lane in Corvallis. 10 am to 4 pm. Shooting, hunting, ethics and education. Call Tom 5314224, John 546-5995 or Lauren 961-3507. MAY 14 Montana A Cappella Society is hosting a free Mother’s Day Concert at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton, located on Eastside Hwy. Call 3635778 for more information. MAY 19 Friday May 19th at 6pm | Nez Perce Trail: The Journey of the Resilient Nez Perce People. Join us to celebrate the opening of this very special exhibit which has been in the making for over four years and was developed with Nez Perce Tribal Elders and Members. Witness a Salish Tribal Member offering a traditional welcome and permission to pass through Salish Homeland; hear reflections from Nez Perce whose families were on the trail in 1877; sample traditional Nez Perce foods, enjoy special music; and take in the exhibit. After it makes its debut at Ravalli County Museum it will travel to other museums along the Nez Perce Trail. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 MAY 19-21 79th Annual Show and 2017 NFMS Show - Dig This!; Bitterroot Gem and Mineralogical Society, First Interstate Center; Ravalli County Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Road; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; $3, under 12 free with adult; Dave Trexler, Paleontologist. Two medicine dinosaur center, Bynum MT, gems, minerals, displays, geodes, silent auction, dealers, presentations, fossils, field trips; contact Steve Vieth, (406)-381-7597; e-mail: viethsteve88@ gmail.com MAY 20 Evening of Chocolate Decadence … by Soroptimist .. 7 to 10 St. Francis Parish. 360-3902.

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MAY 25 Thursday, May 25th from 6pm-8pm | Living with the Land, with Louise Ogenahgeshig Fischer Free lecture where Fischer describes the American Indian struggle for survival in often harsh conditions, triumph over hardships, and spiritual and creative achievements. Sponsored by Humanities Montana Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 MAY 27 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton at City Hall (Bedford Room), presents ‘Centershot Archery’ from 10 am to noon. Free family event with prizes. Ages 8 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information MAY 29 Memorial Day Parade in Corvallis. Biggest, little parade in Bitterroot Valley. Call Doug Mason 546-4244. JUNE 2 Darby Rodeo Association presents ‘Chip n Buck’ event Call Cal Ruark at 544-5536 JUNE 3 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Archery Tag from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy and Christofferson Road in Corvallis. Free family event with prizes. Ages 8 and up. Call 3502360 for more information JUNE 2-4 JUNE 9-11 AND NOV. 3-5 Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours and Sales from 10:30 am to 6 pm. The tours are an opportunity for the public to view and purchase art work directly from the artists. www.artistsalongthebitterroot.com 381-7898 JUNE 6 Pasty Night from 4 to 8 pm at MineShaft Pasty Co. The first Tuesday of each month is Pasty Night. A portion of all proceeds are donated to Hamilton Players. JUNE 9 Hamilton Tonight presents Outdoor Recreation. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org JUNE 9-11 Mt. Professional Artist Assoc. Annual Art Show and Sale at the Bitterroot River Inn. Reception June 9 at 6 pm. Event is always 2nd week of June. Contact Mary Bolen 961-3887 JUNE 10 Bitter Root Day at the Ravalli County Museum from 9 am to 3 pm. Call 363-3338 for more information. JUNE 10 Saturday June 10th from 9am-2pm | 37th Annual Bitter Root Day. Bitter Root Day event is a cultural heritage celebration of both the Salish (the original inhabitants of the Bitter Root Valley) and the community that currently resides here. This festival includes two competitions, arts, crafts, food & produce from local and out of area vendors, potted Bitter Root plants and seeds for sale, plus live music. Compete

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in our 5th Annual Jerky contest and show off your Jerky making abilities. Join us for our 4th Annual “Create a Difference” Recycled Craft Competition & Exhibit! Show off your ability to create something new and beautiful out of something that might normally end up in the land fill! Recycled Craft and Jerky forms will be available in Spring, 2016. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 JUNE 9 – 11 Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival at the First Interstate Center in Hamilton. Call 642-3119 for more information. JUNE 15 Daly Mansion presents Mansion Music Series: ‘Romancing the West’ at 7 pm at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. JUNE 16-18, 23-25 & 30, JULY 1-20 Hamilton Players presents She Loves Me. Friday and Saturdays performance at 8 pm Sundays at 2 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information. JUNE 17 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Christian Paintball from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy and Christofferson Road in Corvallis. $15 per person, includes 400 paintballs, co2 and all equipment needed to play. Ages 10 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information

in Montana. The Wings and Wheels Air Show, Fly-In and Car Show features over 100 of the coolest Hot Rods and Classic Cars in Montana, Planes and Pilots from all over the West, and the most amazing Air Show you’ll see all summer. This is the one event you’ll talk about all year. Admission to the airshow is FREE! Pancake breakfast and fly-in starts at 7am. Air Show at 11am. Hot Rods all day long. Only at the Ravalli County Airport in Hamilton Montana. www.wingsandwheelsairshow.com or call Eric 381-2273 JUNE 25 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information. JUNE 29 Thursday June 29th from 6pm-8 | American Indian Music: Even More Than Drums & Flutes with Scott Prinzing. Join us for a Free lecture where Prinzing illustrates how Indians have contributed to American music in virtually every genre, including traditions often associated with distinctly non-Indian ethnic groups. Sponsored by Humanities Montana Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840

JUNE 20-21 NSPRA Rodeo in Darby. Contestants from the US and Canada travel to Montana to compete in all standard rodeo events. Rodeo event kicks off at 6 pm each evening. Call 544-5436, Cal Ruark. JUNE 24 Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding will hold its Annual BBQ On June 24 at Sky High Arena at 6 pm. Call (406) 880-6599 for more information regarding this event. JUNE 24 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Youth Arise (archery, dance, crafts and jumping castle) 10 am to noon. Free family event with free prizes and hot dogs. Call 350-2360 for more information. Located at 273 Fairgrounds Road (Barnabas Ministries) JUNE 24 Mark Saturday June 24 on your calendar for the best FREE Air Show, Fly-In and Car Show

JULY 9 Napa Auto Show in Stevensville. Great car show, music, food and fun. Call 777-5791. JULY 13 Daly Mansion presents Mansion Music Series: ‘Romancing the West’ at 7 pm at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. JULY 14 Hamilton Tonight presents Outdoor Music Series. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org JULY 14 Sapphire Summer Concert Series Western Union. Call 363-2800 for more information or www.sapphirelutheran.org

JULY 15 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Christian Paintball from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy and Christofferson Road in Corvallis. Ages 10 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information

JUNE 30 Sapphire Summer Concert Series Tin Cup. Call 363-2800 for more information or www. sapphirelutheran.org JULY AND AUGUST Montana A Cappella Society are having Open Auditions for new singers, all welcome. Call 363-5778 for more information. JULY 1 July 1st 10am-12pm | Independence Day Re-enactment Meet Ben, A re-enactment with Channing Hartelius. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 JULY 7 Sapphire Summer Concert Series Big Sky Mudflaps. Call 363-2800 for more information or www.sapphirelutheran.org JULY 8 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents archery Tag from 1 to 3 pm at Eastside Hwy and Christofferson Road in Corvallis. Free family event for ages 13 and up. Call 350-2360

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JULY 9 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information.

JULY 15 Bitterroot Quilters Guild ‘Gardens of Quilts’ from 10 – 4 pm. Call 375-0871 for more information.

JUNE 16-17 Western Heritage Days in Stevensville. Chuck Wagon load of fun for the whole family. Activities, food, parade and beer garden are just a few of the activities that you will enjoy. Call 7773773 or www.mainstreetstevensville.com JUNE 19-22 Daly Mansion presents Youth History Camp at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information.

JULY 8 Elite Bull Connection in Darby. The Elite Bull Connection pits some of the best bovine athletes against the best bull riders in the Northwest and Canada. Call Cal Ruark for more information 544-5436.

JULY 15 Mt. Bicycle Celebration in Stevensville. Activities throughout the day, bikes, brews, vendors, farmers market, food, and music. Call 777-3773 for more information. JULY 16 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell presents Bittersweet in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information. JULY 21-22 Darby Logger Days in Darby Mt. Celebrate the skill and bravery of those who work in the time-honored tradition of logging. Plenty of activities for the whole family. . loggers@darbyloggerdays.com. Friday events begin at 5 pm until midnight. Saturday events begin at 9 am and continues throughout the day and evening. JULY 21, 22, 23 Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival 9th Annual. Performing Bands, band contest, awards lots of jamming. Call 821-377 for more information or www.hardtimesbluegrass.com JULY 21 Sapphire Summer Concert Series Who Dat Band. Call 363-2800 for more information or www.sapphirelutheran.org

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JULY 22 July 22nd (Time TBA) | Knockerball: Defy Gravity Climb inside a giant ball to run, flip, fly, bounce and slide in this exhilarating sports event. Want to be on a team? Give us a call! Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 JULY 22 Daly Mansion presents Daly Day Activities at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. JULY 22 Art In The Park at the Legion Park in Hamilton. Call 241-6181 sponsored by the Bitterroot Arts Guild. Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund for local students. JULY 23 BR Community Band Performance at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton at 7 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information. JULY 27 Daly Mansion presents Community Band Concert at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. JULY 28 Hamilton Downtown Association presents their Annual Street Dance downtown. Call 360-9124 JULY 28-29 Daly Days in Hamilton. Street vendors, crafts, food and sales. Friday night will be a street dance and Friday and Saturday activities for everyone. Events will also be held at the Daly Mansion – you will not want to miss this event. Call hamiltondowntownassociation@gmail.com for more information 360-9124 JULY 29 Annual Chamber’s MicroBrew Festival on 2nd and Bedford in Hamilton. Voted BEST EVENT for 2016. Event from 3:00 to 10:00 with some of the best Microbrews in Western Montana. Call 363-2400. JULY 29 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton PRESENTS Youth Arise (archery, dance, crafts and jumping castle) 10 am to noon at 273 Fairgrounds Road - Free family event with free prizes and hot dogs. Call 350-2360 for more information.

ice cream. Music, beer, food and fun. This is a family affair and takes place in the Lewis and Clark Park in Stevensville. Call 777-3773. AUGUST 5 Daly Mansion presents Round up at Riverside at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 AUGUST 6 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information. AUGUST 7-11 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Vacation Bible School from 8:30 am to 11:30 am at 273 Fairgrounds Rd (Barnabas Ministries) Free events for ages 4 and up. Free prizes, crafts, archery, dance, jumping castle and much more. Call 350-2360 for more information AUGUST 10 Daly Mansion presents Mansion Music Series at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. 5 pm picnicking, concert begins at 6 pm. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. AUGUST 11 Hamilton Tonight presents Outdoor Music Series. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org AUGUST 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27 Hamilton Players presents Enchanted April. Friday and Saturdays performance at 8 pm Sundays at 2 pm. Call 375-9050 for more information. AUGUST 13 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm – Five Valley Accordians. Call 363-8962 for more information. AUGUST 13 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Back to School Blessing at 6 pm at City Hall (Bedford Building). Free backpacks and supplies are given to all children present K-12h Grade. Call 350-2360 for more information. AUGUST 19 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents ‘Archery Tag’ from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy & Christofferson Road in Corvallis. Free family event for ages 13 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information

JULY 30 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton presents Bitterroot Jazz Band at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information.

AUGUST 19-20 Celtic Games & Gathering at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information.

JULY 30 Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County is hosting their Annual BBQ Bash from noon to 4 pm at Sleeping Child Farm. Call 375-1926 for more information regarding this event.

AUGUST 20 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information.

AUGUST 4,5 105TH Creamery Picnic in Stevensville with historic background for all the events. Parade, State BBQ contest, food vendors, crafters and

AUGUST 26 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents ‘Archery Tag’ from 1 to 3 pm Eastside Hwy & Christofferson Road in Corvallis. Ages 10 and up. Call 350-2360 for more information.

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AUGUST 27 BR Community Band Performance at the Bandshell in Hamilton at 8 pm. Call 363-8962 for more information. AUGUST 27 Ice Cream Social at Victor Museum from noon to 3 pm. Call 642-3997 AUGUST 30 Ravalli County Fair Parade beginning at 10 am. Beginning on 8th street and continues down Main Street to Second. For more information call 363-2400. AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 2 Ravalli County Fair in Hamilton at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Call 363-3411 for complete information on times and activities. SEPTEMBER 8 Hamilton Tonight presents Outdoor Music Series. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org SEPTEMBER 10 Saturday September 10th 3 -5pm | Cowboy Music and Poetry Join us for a bit o’ dusty trails tales and fancy rhymin’! Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 SEPTEMBER 11 9/11 Memorial at 11 am in the Veteran’s Park in Stevensville. Call 218-8285 for more information. SEPTEMBER 17 Salish Pilgrimage begins at 2 pm in Stevensville. Call 777-5734 for more information. SEPTEMBER 22-23 Big Sky Bigfoot Conference at the Bitterroot River Inn & Conference Room in Hamilton. Great speakers, food and fun! For more information go to www.bigskybigfootconference.com SEPTEMBER 24 Founders Day Celebration at Historic St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville. www.saintmarysmission.org for more information. SEPTEMBER 29-30 Casting for Recovery in the Bitterroot Valley. Contact Peg Miskin castone@castingforrecovery.org OCTOBER 6 Scarecrow Festival in Stevensville. Come enjoy the many scarecrows lined along the highway going into Stevensville. Something for the whole family. 777-3773 OCTOBER 7 Apple Day at the RC Museum. Biggest Bake Sale under the Big Sky! Everything apple from pies, juice, cider, caramel apples, jam, butter etc. Music, vendors, lots of food and APPLES. Call 363-3338 for more information regarding this event.

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OCTOBER 7 Saturday October 7th 5pm-9pm | Liquid Apple Night Enjoy all the sweet and tart goodies that Apple Day has to offer, and then join us for a relaxing and refreshing evening under the stars! Sample delicious cider, locally catered food, and music. This event takes place in Legion Park, in the evening, under the beautiful Montana sky. Burn barrels and propane heaters will be available for keeping warm and toasty! You must be 21 or older to participate. Tickets will be available in August. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 OCTOBER 7 Daly Mansion presents Children’s Harvest Party at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. OCTOBER 7 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Movie Night at 6 pm at City Hall (Bedford Room). Free family event with free candy, popcorn, cheese nachos and pop. Call 350-2360 for more information. OCTOBER 13 Hamilton Tonight presents Friday the 13th! Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org OCTOBER 13-14 Daly Mansion presents Murder Mystery Dinner at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Beginning at 6:30 pm. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. OCTOBER 13-29 Stevensville Playhouse presents ‘Annabel Broom the Unhappy Witch’. Call 777-2722 for more information. OCTOBER 21, 28 & 31 10pm-3am | Ghost Tours: Paranormal Investigations. Become a paranormal investigator for the night, gathering evidence and exploring rooms in the Museum that are not on the regular tour! Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no one under the age of 14. This can be a frightening experience that is not suitable for children. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 OCTOBER 27 Hamilton Tonight presents Moonlight Madness Downtown Sales Event & Late Night Shopping. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org

NOVEMBER 3-5 Artists Along the Bitterroot Studio Tours and Sales from 10:30 am to 6 pm. The tours are an opportunity for the public to view and purchase art work directly from the artists. www.artistsalongthebitterroot.com 381-7898 NOVEMBER 3-5 Daly Mansion presents Holly Jolly Artisan Show & Sale at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information. NOVEMBER 4 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Christmas Party for Kidsplace Kids and Generation.4.12. 11 am to 1 pm ages 4 to 17 at City Hall (Bedford Room). Free pizza, jewelry making, games, prizes, candy and cookie decorating. Call 350-2360 for more information NOVEMBER 10 Hamilton Tonight presents Thank You Hamilton. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org NOVEMBER 11 November 11th 2pm | A Red, White & Blue Christmas In Honor of our Veterans, Ravalli County Museum hosts an annual observance. We begin our program at the Doughboy with the laying of the wreaths by Veterans Organizations and Auxiliaries. Following the observance there is a program in the Courtroom Gallery. This event will take place November 11th through Black Friday, a silent auction of stunning trees decorated by local businesses & organizations. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840

DECEMBER 8 Hamilton Tonight presents Hamilton Tonight – Sheep Trial! Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org DECEMBER 9 Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding will hold its Annual Winter Picnic on Dec. 9 at First Interstate Center in Hamilton at 6 pm. Call (406) 880-6599 for more information regarding this event. DECEMBER 15 Hamilton Tonight presents Celebration of Light! Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org DECEMBER 16 Daly Mansion presents Community Christmas Party at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. 11 am to 3 pm. Call 363-6004 #2 for more info/ DECEMBER 14 OR 23 . Date to be announced Montana A Cappella Society is hosting a Holiday Concert for the community. Call 363-5778 for more information. DECEMBER 22 Hamilton Tonight presents Countdown to Christmas! Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org

For a complete listing of all Valley Events Call (406) 363-2400

NOVEMBER 24 Hamilton Tonight presents Christmas Stroll and Tree Lighting. Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org DECEMBER 1, 2, 3 Stevensville’s Country Christmas begins with a ‘Parade of Lights’, caroling, open houses. Decorations and beautiful lights throughout the town. Horse and wagon rides and Santa. 7773773 for more information. DECEMBER 1 Hamilton Tonight presents Merry Grinch-mas! Call 360-9124 or www.hamiltondowntownassociation.org DECEMBER 1 Stevensville Playhouse presents ‘Annie’. Call 777-2722 for more information.

OCTOBER 27-28 Daly Mansion presents Haunted Mansion Hayrides at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information.

DECEMBER 2 Daly Mansion presents Christmas Tea & Tour at the Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Hwy in Hamilton. Call 363-6004 #2 for more information.

NOVEMBER 3-12 ARTrageous in the Bitterroot. All Arts Festival. Call Olive Parker 381-0284 for more information.

DECEMBER 2 Hart to Heart, The Place in Hamilton presents Clothing and Housewares Giveaway from 9 am to noon at City Hall (Bedford Room). All items are free. Call 350-2360 for more information

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DECEMBER 4 Victor Museum Chocolate Tasting Event from 3 to 9 pm at the Victor Heritage Museum. 6423997 or 363-3165.

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1st & 2nd Friday Events & Farmers Markets in the Bitterroot Valley FIRST & SECOND FRIDAYS are year-round. Call the Chamber for information 406-363-2400

Hamilton Farmers Market is held on Bedford, 2nd and 4th Streets in Hamilton. Call 406-961-0004 or visit www.hamiltonfarmersmarket.webs.com.

North Bitterroot Valley Farmers Market is on US 93 and Eastside Highway in Florence. Contact Eric or Suzanne Winegart at 7770709.

FARMERS MARKETS run from May through mid-October. Call the Chamber for information 406-363-2400.

Harvest Valley Farmers Market is held on the South end of Main Street in Stevensville. Contact: Roger Flats 546-8554

Darby Farmers Market is held in Darby every Tuesday in Darby’s Main Street Park.

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Theater Performing Arts In The Bitterroot ‘Tuesday’s at 12’

Relax on the lawn of the Ravalli County Museum enjoy great food,and listen to local music during the months of June, July and August from12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Hamilton Playhouse

has five(5) Mainstage productions each year. 406-375-9050

Stevensville Playhouse produces six (6) shows a year in Stevensville. 406-777-2722

Bitterroot Performing Arts Center, located in the Hamilton High School, performances monthly. 406-363-7946

529 West River Road, Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 961-1818

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Studio of dance & fitness 810 S 1st St, Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 375-5226

River Street Dance

421 North 2nd Street Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-1203

Westside Fitness Center 529 W River Road Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 360-2917

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Health & Fitness Iron Horse Athletic Club has been serving the Bitterroot Valley since 2004 as a fitness facility. It is located at the intersection of Highway 93 and Main Street in Hamilton. The Club is located on the first and second floors of a three story historical building built in the late 1800s. The 10,000 square foot facility has an old warehouse feel and look. Offering free weights, weight machines, cardio equipment, group fitness classes, child care, tanning, and shake bar. The Iron Horse positions itself as the best value for our customer’s health and fitness needs in the Bitterroot Valley. Iron Horse strives to get our members “Fit for Their Life.” The Club offers programs to help members achieve their fitness goals efficiently. The programs focus on four key elements of fitness: strength, endurance, nutrition, and flexibility. From spinning to weight training, Iron Horse can help you stay strong and healthy for all your outdoor activities. Motion is Lotion! Information formatted and condensed by Iron Horse Athletic Club. -June Jessop, Owner of IHAC, Nationally Certified Personal Trainer of 17years. -Julie Waibel, Registered and Licensed Dietitian of 5 years.

Cracking 10 Myths of Weight Loss 5 Fitness Myths

Myth #1: I can spot reduce my midsection by doing crunches. Fact: We can’t spot reduce body fat. Our genetics will dictate where fat is pulled from. More crunches will not trim the waistline. Instead, activate multiple muscles with compound movements. Examples are dead lifts, squats, pull ups, and bench presses. Myth #2: Heavy lifting will make me bulky. Fact: You don’t want to look bulky? Good, lift as heavy as you can every workout. The more you can lift, the more calories you will burn during your workout and recovery hours. You’ll have better heart health, you can eat more without it effecting your waistline, and you’ll see some physical changes.

Myth #5: Do cardio before weight training for optimal fat loss. Fact: For optimal fat loss, cardio should be done AFTER resistance training. Doing cardio after lifting allows you to have more energy when lifting weights, which helps you build/maintain more muscle. Your glycogen has now been depleted from weight lifting, so 25 minutes of cardio will now tap into your fat stores. Your heart rate is going to be up from weight lifting and you don’t have to push nearly as hard to maintain it.

5 Nutrition Myths

Myth #3: Muscle turns into fat when it is not utilized Fact: Muscle and fat are completely different tissues that are not interchangeable. There are two reasons why people perceive that muscle turns to fat when they stop exercising. Muscle goes from firm to floppy when it’s not used. It also decreases in size, hence the saying, use it or lose it.

Myth #1: Carbs such as bread & pasta are fattening & should be avoided when trying to lose weight. Fact: Carbohydrates consist of fruit, veggies, and grains. Grains are divided into two subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel. Refined grains have been milled which removes fiber and B vitamins. Carbohydrates turn to glucose which is used as energy. If you are carbohydrate starved, your body will use protein for energy. However, proteins should be used for repairing. Low Carb, High Protein diets are not ideal and not recommended.

Myth #4: I’ll drop the fat first and then I’ll focus on building muscle. Fact: If fat loss is your goal, you want to retain as much muscle as possible. Muscle that is lost equates to a slower metabolic rate, which means it’s harder to drop body fat over time. Even with fat loss as your goal, your workout routine should be intense, like you are trying to gain maximal amounts of muscle. We want fat loss, not weight loss.

Myth #2: Fad diets will help me lose weight and keep it off. Fact: Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. These diets often promise quick weight loss if you strictly reduce what you eat or avoid certain foods. Some of these diets may help you lose weight at first, but these diets are hard to follow. Most people quickly get tired of them and regain any lost weight, plus more. Myth #3: If I skip meals, I can lose weight. Fact: While skipping meals may help you lose weight in the beginning, it fails in the long run. Skipping meals may make you feel too hungry later in the day, causing you to overeat at your next meal.  Skipping just one meal causes your blood-sugar levels to dive. Without a new supply of calories, your system shifts into starvation mode in an effort to conserve energy. Your metabolism slows, so the food you do eat isn’t burned off efficiently. Myth #4: Eating healthy food costs too much. Fact: Eating better does not have to be expensive. Canned or frozen fruits and veggies provide as many nutrients as fresh ones, at a lower cost. Healthy options include low-salt canned veggies and frozen fruits with no added sugar. Some canned seafood, like tuna, is easy to keep on the shelf, healthy, and low cost. Canned, dried, or frozen beans, lentils, and peas are also healthy sources of protein. Shop for produce that is in season. Check out local farmer’s markets. Myth #5: I need to eat a lot of protein to lose weight. Myth #5: I need to eat a lot of protein to lose weight. Fact: How much protein we need is dependent on exercise. For resistance training you will need more protein for repairing muscles. In many “fad diets” we are typically encouraged to consume excess protein and it just isn’t necessary. If you are looking to lose weight, than one gram per pound of LEAN mass is sufficient. We don’t need protein to help sustain fat mass.

Iron Horse Athletic Club - 99 Marcus Street Hamilton - (406)363-0300 www.ihacmt.com

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ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A CHANGE?

GETTING STARTED Check out bitterrootcrossfit. com for more information and how you can become part of the newest way to become the best you can be. They would love to tell you about their gym and what they do at Bitterroot Crossfit. If you are already a Crossfitter and just visiting - stop in and check out their facility

2119 North First Street - Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 360-1828 www.bitterrootcrossfit.com Jeff and Jennifer Lewis both started Cross Fitting in 2011, when at the time they were members of Montana TEAM BEEF and running the Hood to Coast race for two years along with 5k and 10K half marathons, and a full marathon. They were getting bored with just running and decided to try CrossFit to see if it would help get pr’s on their races. After getting huge pr’s on their half marathon time in Missoula, they were hooked! Bitterroot CrossFit has become their passion and a way of life to keep them in the best physical shape they can achieve!

WHAT IS CROSSFIT? CrossFIt is constantly varied functional movements performed at a relatively high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, which reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results!

The Sport of CrossFit Has Arrived

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Wildlife

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We help you find a position to fit your skills and schedule. Our services and benefits include: • Better opportunities through our numerous pre-existing relationships and wide network of employers. • More potential for flexible hours & increased pay. • We can negotiate for you. • Ongoing training to strengthen and build your skills. • Safety training programs. • All job specifics are clearly spelled out. • Career development assistance. • Entry level positions that are great for future advancement. YOUR HUMAN RESOURCES PARTNER Locally owned and operated business in Western Montana since 1975

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Bon Appétit • In the Bitterroot • Buen Apetito A Taste of Paris - Laurence Markarian 109 N. 4th Street #106 - Hamilton MT (406) 369-5875 www.tasteofparis.info/ Back Door Deli - Michelle Holton 105 S. 3rd St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-4480 Bitter Root Brewing - Nicol Musburger 101 Marcus St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-7468 www.BitterRootBrewing.com BJ’s Restaurant - Faver Buhler 900 N. 1st St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-4650

Broad Axe Lodge, Inc. - Tom Anderson 1237 East Fork Rd - Sula Mt (406) 821-3878 Caffe Firenze - John & Patti Stevens 281 Rodeo Dr - Florence MT (406) 273-2923 www.caffefirenze.com

Figaro’s Pizza 1151 North 1st #B - Hamilton MT (406) 375-0164 www.figaros.com Higherground Brewing - Fenn Nelson 518 N 1st st - Hamilton MT (406) 375-5204 www.highergroundbrewing.com

Coffee Cup - Cheryl Patzer 500 S. 1st St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-3822

Kodiak Jaks II - Cody Omlid 109 South 1st - Hamilton MT (406) 363-5695

Cowboy Troy’s - Renee Abbe 2359 Hwy 93 N - Victor Mt (406) 642-3380 www.cowboytroys.com

Lolo Peak Brewing 6201 Brewery Way - Lolo MT (406) 493-6231 www.lolopeakbrewing.com

Bouilla - Dan & Mona Dean 111 South Third St, Hamilton MT (406) 361-0223

Domino’s Pizza - Jonathen Loveland 901 S. 1st St - Hamilton MT (406) 361-3030 www.dominos.com

Moose Creek BBQ - Will Wright 105 North Second - Hamilton MT (406) 363-9152 www.moosecreekbbq.net

River Rising - Kori Miller 337 W Main St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-4552 www.riverrising.com

The Catered Table - Richard Marcus 205 Main Street - Stevensville (406) 777-7090 www.cateredtable.com

Naps Grill Inc. - Tyler Gilder 220 N 2nd St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-0136 www.napsgrill.com

Second Street Sushi, LTD Jera Kassner 322 Second St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-0600

The Edge - Thomas Fair 140 Bitterroot Plaze Dr - Hamilton MT (406) 375-0007

Pizza Hut - Levi Jessop 1002 North 1st St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-1502

Skalkaho Steak House - Sandra Rose 1380 Skalkaho Hwy 7 Mile Marker (406) 363-3522

The Wild Mare - Pam Kaye 283 Second St - Corvallis MT (406) 381-6552 www.thewildmare.com

Red Rooster Artisan Bakery Alison Bowcutt 310 South First ST - Hamilton MT (406) 381-1129

Subway of Hamilton, Inc. - David Zito 1146 North 1st St - Hamilton MT (406) 363-4609

Viva Oaxaca - Luis Martinez 201 Main Street - Stevensville (406) 777-0014

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Montana ranks 2nd nationally in craft breweries per capita

Beer first arrived in America with Christopher Columbus. When he landed, he noted that the natives were making a brew “of maize, resembling English beer.” Beer was of major concern in the new land, even for the pilgrims. The pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, instead

of traveling further south as planned, partly because they were out of

beer. l 1863 - "Gilbert Brewery" was founded by Henry Gilbert, making it Montana Territory's first brewery. l 1920. Montana Prohibition laws went into effect l 1926 - Montana becomes the first state to repeal Prohibition enforcement. The petition to lift the ban stated its purpose was "to restore constitutional rights and liberty in the state of Montana by repealing all laws relative to prohibition except those relating to minors. Efforts to reinstate the law two years later in 1928 failed. l Late in 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which repealed the unpopular law. l 1997 - Cabaret License created as a reaction to the fast-rising prices of regular liquor licenses. Cabaret licenses are more affordable and allow restaurant owners to sell wine and beer. Montana ranks second in the US in beer consumption per capita. Montana has an estimated 730,259 legal beer drinkers, who on average drink 40.6 gallons each. To put it in perspective, that’s a little more than 81 growlers per person.

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Bandit Brewing Co is a nano brewery in Darby, MT that specializes in small batch beers, with 10 taps and have a new release every Thursday.

Listening to their customers has proven successful to Tim Bozik and his daughter, Nicol, co-owner of Bitter Root Brewery. They know how to make beer and run a restaurant, all spiced with good tunes on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Blacksmith Brewing Company opened their doors in 2008. The building that houses their brewery and taproom was built in 1908. It began as a steam laundry and later became a blacksmith shop. With every brand the blacksmith made he would then burn it into the wall to make sure it was perfect. Brands still embedded into the walls showing those who passed this way, is part of the breweries unique atmosphere. Blacksmith Brewing Company is located in Stevensville, Montana. A town rich in history, a valley surrounded by beauty, and a blue-ribbon river close at hand. You will be hardpressed to find a better place on earth, with beer this good! Open 7 days a week. Stop in for a beer! Tap Room Hours: Sunday – Thursday 2PM – 8PM ~ Friday – Saturday 12PM – 8pm With live music most Wednesdays & Saturdays at 6:00 – Always FREE 114 Main Street Stevensville MT (406) 777-0680 blacksmithbrewing.com

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Established in 2014, Bandit Brewing Co is housed in a former logging workshop two blocks off I-93 that runs through Darby. A town of 733, Darby is centrally located in the south corner of the Bitterroot Valley. We are fortunate to have great skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping in our backyard!

“Community means everything to us at Bitter Root Brewing. We buy local and support local as much as we can. The base malt used in all of our beers is 100% grown and malted in Montana. We employ over 20 local employees and hire all local craft and tradesmen. We also provide live music every Thursday and Saturday night with a great selection of both local and traveling musicians.” Great Beer, Fresh Food, and a friendly environment make us The Last Best Brew! What exactly is the Last Best Brew? For Bitter Root Brewing co-owner Tim Bozik, it's a lot more than his innovative marketing slogan. It's the beers he makes - great brews and fresh food. Bitter Root Brewing is more than a microbrewery making 1,350 barrels of beer per year, they also have a full restaurant on premises, called the Brewer's Grill, where you can enjoy a great meal with your Last Best Brew.

Brewery owner, JC McDowell is a small business entrepreneur and beer enthusiast who turned his hobby, home brewing great beer, into possibly the smallest commercial brewery in Montana. Drop by for a beer and a tour of their 40 gallon brewing system.

406-642-6003 308 E Tanner - Darby MT 59829

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Wildwood Brewing began as a dream

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Montanan, Kevin Braughton, can trace his roots directly back to Montana’s beginnings. “My GreatGreat-Great-Uncle, Nelson Story, was among the first to establish a cattle herd in Montana by famously driving thousands of cattle from Texas to the Bozeman area in 1866. Nelson was even credited with kicking the box out from under outlaw George Ives in the first Virginia City “Vigilante hanging.” Kevin has worked as a Research Microbiologist since graduating from Montana State University in 1999, fermenting his first batch of “home brew” wine not long after. “I feel that my professional training really has helped prepare me for the winemaking process” Kevin explains. “Both often involve adding some of this to some of that, then carefully measuring the product. With winemaking, I just get to personally enjoy the results a little more than the stuff I’m mixing up in the lab.” Blodgett Canyon Cellars new location at 111 West Main, now offers a view from the top. You can sit back relax with a glass of your favorite wine while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Bitterroot Valley.

in the mind of Jim Lueders, an emigrant from Chicago. The Wildwood Project -The Wildwood project started in earnest in 2002 when Lueders bought all that was left of the Saxer Brewery from his past employer. A suitable, and affordable site was found in the Bitterroot Valley, near Stevensville, just 24 miles south of Missoula. Construction began in the fall of 2009 with the pouring of the concrete, which utilizes as much waste fly ash from the Eastern Montana coal burning power plants In Spring of 2010,the timber frame structure, salvaged from a Wisconsin barn originally built in 1901, was put back together at its new home. The roof system was completed using metal from 100% recycled material and made in Missoula. Locally available wheat straw bales were used as exterior insulation of the frame, nearly 800 of them in total. The inside of the building was finished in early 2011 and the brewing tanks and equipment started to come into the building in February. Operations began in late January 2012 with the brewing of a Mai Bock which was labeled Bodacious Bock. The first brew was a keeper. Wildwood opened its doors on March 16, 2012.

The dream of being a winemaker became reality when Hidden Legend opened. Inspired by the Scandinavian love for honeywine, Ken chose a Viking as the logo for the Mead—and Thorvald’s legend began! The Schultz Family took over in 2005 as sole owners and delved into the business of producing the best wine in Montana. Right from the start, Ken’s honeywines captured loyal customers and consistently wins prestigious medals. He used the wonderful natural flavors that come from the surrounding hills and meadows—pure, smooth honey, tart chokecherries, sweet huckleberries and the lovable, plentiful dandelion! The natural beauty of the area, the goodness of the local folks, and the dedication and hard work of the whole Schultz family, wife Lisa and sons Joe, Patrick and David, make this an inspired place to produce incomparable wines. Stop in and ask about their various blends of mead! 1345 US Hwy 93 North #5 Victor (406) 363-6323 www. hiddenlegendwinery.com

WildWood Brewing’s driveway is about 1/4 mile north of the Stevensville cut off road, just east of where the middle Kootenai Creek Road intersects Highway 93. We are across the highway (East) from Lucky Lil’s Casino. Look for a big yellow building with a rust colored roof and three large grain silos in front about 200 yards from the highway.

111 West Main - Hamilton (406) 360-5680

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Higherground Brewing

is home of excellent brick fired pizzas, house-made soups and fresh salads, masterful beers and a welcoming atmosphere. Families are always welcomed and it is a great place to sit back and enjoy your favorite brews and food. For Higherground Brewing co-founders, Fenn and Jasper, dreaming

up a business together made perfect sense. As life long friends they spent their days traversing the mountains and rivers of the Bitterroot Valley, making it the ideal place for their dream to come to life thus began Higherground Brewing Co.

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Backroad Cider

Patrick Offen, owner of Lolo Peak Brewing Company is a brewery located in Lolo, Montana. Their craft beer is served through 12 taps and paired with unique food dishes in their rustic taproom. They are a community minded business and offer a place for gatherings, meetings or any occasion. They keep their customers and community needs the utmost priority, and you can tell by their service, brews and outstanding menu selections. Their mission is simple and will always remain, “We Build a Brewery ... For You!” Bitterroot Valley Chamber Commerce named Lolo Peak Brewing Company 2016 New Business of the Year 6201 Brewery Way, Lolo MT 59847 www.lolopeakbrewing.com (406) 493-6231

Trapper Peak Winery Trapper Peak Winery, bonded and headquartered in the great state of Montana. The Mt. St. Helena Vineyard continues to produce 159 acres of world- class grapes from California, while cellaring and aging take place in the bucolic Bitterroot Valley. The results are sumptuous wines that we think you’ll agree take the fullest advantage of the California growing climate and good old Western sensibility in the winemaking process. The best of both worlds? We certainly think so. Winery is located in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, right on the continental divide. Rising atop the valley, at an elevation of 10,157 feet, is the Trapper Peak for which our winery is named. Our beautiful valley is blessed with plentiful fertility and mild weather, perfect for cellaring the wines we enjoy so much. 75 Cattail Lane, Darby (406) 821-1964

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Lee McAlpine, owner of Montana CiderWorks, is a bonded winery located on Rye Creek Road in Darby, Montana. Their mission is to offer exceptional Englishstyle ciders crafted from Bitterroot Valley apples and other local fruits. Hard Cider Festivals are cropping up all over the nation to celebrate this traditional beverage, and the Bitterroot Valley is no exception. One of the events take place on October 7 from 5 to 9 pm. Liquid Apple Night Enjoy all the sweet and tart goodies that Apple Day has to offer, and then join us for a relaxing and refreshing evening under the stars! Sample delicious cider, locally catered food, and music. This event takes place in Legion Park, in the evening, under the beautiful Montana sky. Burn barrels and propane heaters will be available for keeping warm and toasty! You must be 21 or older to participate. Tickets will be available in August. Ravalli County Museum | 406.363.3338 | 205 Bedford St, Hamilton, MT 59840 Traditional cider is a naturally fermented beverage made from apple juice. It was the drink of choice for Americans from Revolutionary times until Prohibition. Montana CiderWorks honors 100 years of sustainable agriculture in Montana’s orchards by offering exceptional draft ciders. 261 Rye Creek Rd - Darby (406) 360-5078 www.montanacider.com

Pamela Kaye is not new to the brewery business but she took it several steps further. Once a employee of Bitter Root Brewing she left to start Blacksmith Brewery in Stevensville. After successfully achieving this she also opened The Wild Mare in Corvallis, which she continues to run. Realizing that the valley had a history apples, she decided that along with her son, Val Phillips, would start a cidery. They studies under Peter Mitchell, an internationally known expert on the production of cider and perry beverages. Thus began her next adventure . . . She invested in Hamilton’s former railroad depot building to create the location for their tasting room. Using locally grown for the most part, and using other fruits to flavor their ciders, has been very successful, one being their huckleberry. Ciders vary in alcohol content ranging from 6.5% to 9.2%. Because Montana law licenses cideries as wineries, the tasting room can remain open later than a microbrewery tasting room. Their facility accommodates 25-30 people, but they also have customers who stop by to fill a growler to go.

Backroad Cider was awarded ‘People’s Choice’ for their Raspberry Apple Cider at the 2016 Annual Microbrew Festival

Their signature cider, the ‘406’ is made from a combination of local apples including the Macintosh and Spartan. Backroad Cider, located at 98 Marcus Street in Hamilton, (406) 381-6552 www.406cider.com

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Montana Facts The moose, now numbering over 8,000 in Montana, was thought to be extinct in the Rockies south of Canada in the 1900s.

At Egg Mountain near Choteau, dinosaur eggs have been discovered supporting the theory some dinosaurs were more like mammals and birds than like reptiles. In Whitehall, Montana it is illegal to operate a vehicle with ice picks attached to the wheels.

Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.

In 1884, the citizens of Montana Territory were fed up with lawlessness and forming a large-scale vigilante force, they executed thirty-five horse and cattle thieves that year.

Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states.

The Continental Divide runs along the crests of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico, literally dividing the waters of the North American Continent. Montana is known as the headwaters state because much of the water which flows to the rest of the nation comes from the mountains of Montana. No state has as many different species of mammals as Montana. In Deer Lodge, Montana, in the Old West days, a cowboy evangelist angered over a snoring parishioner once fired a bullet over the head of the dozing man. The Battle of the Little Bighorn also known as Custer's Last Stand took place on June 25, 1876. Lieutenant Colonel Custer's forces— including more than 200 of his men were wiped out in less than 20 minutes. In Fort Benton, Montana a cowboy once insisted on riding his horse to his room in the Grand Union Hotel. When the manager objected, they exchanged gunfire. The horseman was killed before reaching the top of the stairs; fourteen .44 slugs were later dug out of his body.

Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off. Montana is nicknamed the Treasure State. The highest point in the state is Granite Peak at 12,799 feet. Virginia City was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete original town of its kind in the United States. In Montana the elk, deer and antelope populations outnumber the humans. Montana’s first territorial capital, Bannack, has been preserved as a ghost town state park along once gold-laden Grasshopper Creek. This old town is also said to be haunted by several ghostly spirits. In Salisbury, Montana it is illegal to throw pop bottles on the ground. Montana’s name comes from the Spanish word mountain. The first inhabitants of Montana were the Plains Indians.

Flathead Lake in northwest Montana contains over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. It is considered the largest natural freshwater lake in the west.

Montana is home to seven Indian reservations.

Miles City is known as the Cowboy Capitol.

Grasshopper Creek’s gold at Bannack, Montana was 99-99.5% pure, compared to most gold at 95%. When the strike was found in 1862 it led to the greatest rush to the West since the California Gold Rush in 1848.

Buffalo in the wild can still be viewed at the National Bison Range in Moiese, south of Flathead Lake and west of the Mission Mountains. Montana is the fourth largest state with the forty-fourth largest population. Montana has 43 state parks and 25 scenic byways. Three bandits who robbed the Adams Express car in a passenger train near Bannack, Montana were rounded up by vigilantes and promptly hanged, a fate that became all too familiar in the lawless West when citizens, angered over vacillating courts, meted out their own brand of swift and self-satisfying justice. The most visited place in Montana is Glacier National Park, known as the crown jewel of the continent. It lies along Montana's northern border and adjoins Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, forming the world's first International Peace Park.

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The state’s official animal is the grizzly bear.

Glacier National Park has 250 lakes within its boundaries. Hill County has the largest county park in the United States. Beaver Creek Park measures 10 miles long and 1 mile wide. A Helena, Montana law states that a woman cannot dance on a saloon table unless her clothing weighs more than three pounds, two ounces. The largest snowflake ever observed was 38 cm wide was recorded in Montana on January 28, 1887. That’s just darn near 15 inches. Amazing! Montana holds the world record for the greatest temperature change in 24 hours. On January 14-15, 1972, the temperature went from -54°F to 49°F a whopping 103 degrees in Loma!

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The Day Friday morning. Billy wakes up early, grumbles under his breath about hating to start the day before the sun does. But hey it’s finally Friday, YEAH FRIDAY! Rummaging through closet and dresser for the day’s clothes. Thinking “I really need to do some laundry this weekend; probably oughta do that before I go to the grocery store”. Heads out to the kitchen to grab some breakfast, cup of coffee, bowl of oatmeal, an English muffin, and a glass of o.j. Listens to the weather channel while he’s eating. Rinses the breakfast dishes and carefully stacks them in the dishwasher. In to take the morning meds and do the bathroom routine. Back into the room to get dressed for the day. “Rats! There’s a hole in my shirt, my favorite shirt. Guess this is weekend shirt now, not throwin’ away my favorite shirt!” Back to the dresser for a different shirt. “Man I REALLY need to do some laundry this weekend!” Finds a decent shirt, finishes dressing. Walking by the kitchen, sees his roommate’s dishes in the sink. Yells “Jimmy! I know you’re not thinking I’m gonna do these dishes, you got ‘em dirty, you put ‘em in the dishwasher.” Sees his ride to work is ready to leave, grabs his lunch, and hustles out to the van. Gets to work a little early, lunch in the fridge, and chats with coworkers before the day gets started. Checks in with the boss to find out what’s in store for the day. “I need you on the door till 11, then help out with the store run. We’ll see what we need to do this afternoon after lunch.” Sound familiar? Sounds pretty much like

any day for any one of us. The only difference, Billy has a Developmental Disability, is on the Autism Spectrum, and has bi-polar disorder. Because of this, that morning routine is crucial, one deviation and the day is wrecked, trashed, RUINED COMPLETELY, and Billy will struggle all day trying to recover. So, how is Billy able to lead such a “normal” life? Ravalli Services Corporation (RSC). RSC has been providing services and supports for our disabled neighbors here in picturesque Hamilton, MT since 1975. We currently provide supports and services for 75 disabled adults, and are looking at bringing on more folks. We employ over 100 full and part time staff, and are always looking for more good hearted staff to join our amazing team. We employ over 40 disabled adults in our Day center, front office, and Thrift Store operation. Our mission: “Promoting Independence and Inclusion for All”. We operate 4 multi resident group homes where between 6 and 8 folks share a house and the related expenses. Our group homes focus on community integration (helping folks become active in the community). Trips to Lake Como, movie night at the Pharoplex, and dinner out at one of our local eateries are some of the favorites. Teaching those skills that people need to be able to live independently are also a focus in the group home. Things like laundry, cooking, house cleaning, and budgeting. We also work on those interpersonal skills like effectively communicating with housemates, positive conflict resolution, and relationship building. Again, things most of us take for granted. We have 3 Supported Living sites where 2 folks share a house or apartment, receiving 24 hour supports, and continue learning those skills

of independent living like menu planning, more advanced budgeting, and accessing the community. We also serve about a dozen folks that live in their own house or apartment with varying amounts of RSC staff support. We have a Day Center where folks can come together, socialize, watch a movie, listen to some music, take part in a variety of arts and crafts activities, and getting out and about, enjoying that which is the Bitterroot Valley. All the while learning essential life skills that most of us just take for granted. RSC also operates the best (we think anyway) Thrift Store in Hamilton. Our friends and neighbors donate gently used clothes and household items, which we dust off a bit and sell in our Thrift Store. The store is far more than just great place to find that unexpected treasure or a great deal on those back to school clothes, it gives us the ability to provide our folks with real life work training. Unfortunately, disabled folks struggle with a lot of social skills, that you and I, again, take for granted. The Thrift Store lets us simulate real life work experience while still being able to provide our folks with the support and training they’ll need to be successful at a “community” job. Which leads us, finally, to our Employment Supports department where we are able to help our folks (both from within our other programs and from Vocational Rehabilitation services) find, and keep, meaningful, gainful employment in the community, working side by side with you and me, becoming a productive, contributing member of the community. Independence and Inclusion for all.

So there you have it, Ravalli Services Corp. Whether you’re just visiting the beautiful Bitterroot Valley or planning on relocating here, stop into the Thrift Store on First Street (right next door to Wimps body shop), swing by the Intake and Processing centers on the corner of Fairgrounds an Old Corvallis Road, or come by the Main Office on the corner of Belmont and Pennsylvania. Give us a call and we’ll tell you how to get here. l Main Office/Day Center – (406) 363-5400, ask for Jessica (Managing Director), Todd (Director of Residential Services), or A.J. (Director of Day and Vocational Services)\

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Ravalli Services Corporation, an equal opportunity employer. Check in with Rebecca at the main office for current job openings.

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Montana Gems Montana Highway 38, also known as Skalkaho Highway, starts about 3 miles south of Hamilton and heads east through the Sapphire Mountains for 54.3 miles to Porter’s Corner. This is a wellmaintained dirt-gravel road for most of the way, but has quite a few narrow and harrowing spots for the unaccustomed. Skalkaho Falls is a spectacular water scene about 25 miles into the trip on the one-lane portion of the road. The falls flow down the side of the mountain, under the highway and down into the canyon below. Beyond the falls

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you climb to Skalkaho Pass. There are a few areas to pull off for a picnic or rest until you reach the pass. From the pass, it’s a much easier drive down to the Flint Creek Valley to Porter’s Corner. From there, you can take Montana Highway 1 north to Philipsburg. Once in Philipsburg you can mine sapphires at Montana Gems of Philipsbug. You can use their outdoor running water flumes; they also offer a variety of Montana sapphire gravels to mine on site or purchase for an ‘at-home’ mining experience. www.montanagems.net

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Galleries

We invite you to enjoy our local Galleries.

We have a wide variety of many distinctive noted artists from Montana and around the world who have chosen the Bitterroot to make their home. The selection of their works is endless, with a lot of one-of-a-kind “Montana Made”. The galleries offer bronze sculptures, wood carvings, and Native American cultural items. You are only limited by your imagination in this multi-talented valley. Things change frequently so visit more than once and find that special treasure. Better yet! Stop at the Chamber to get a list of all the unique art and Gift Galleries in our talented valley.

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This group of artists hosts an Open Studio Tour at various locations in the Bitterroot in June. Dozens of artists and galleries participate in the Annual Artists Along the Bitterroot Open Studio Tour. Studios include fused glass artistry, leather working, painting, sculpting, woodworking, fine art jewelry, silk painting, pottery, and photography. Green signs along the highway lead to a different and exciting way to spend a day in the Bitterroot. Check with the Chamber or go to www. artistsalongthebitterroot.com. For more information call (406) 777-3542.

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very year during the 2nd weekend in June, the Bitterroot Valley welcomes artists from all across Montana to the Annual Montana Professional Artists Association Show & Sale. The show fills the Conference Center of the Bitterroot River Inn with paintings, sculptures, pastels, food and a great time for all visitors. The show attracts fine art buyers and viewers from many areas outside the Valley as well as a vibrant local crowd well-educated in the arts. The artists’ demonstrations, lively conversations and celebrated Friday Night Reception are popular attractions with art enthusiasts. MPAA was the brainchild of Mari Bolen, sculptor, and Michele Kapor, painter. In 1993, they sweet-talked J.R Eason, sculptor and the late Jerry Johnson, painter, into joining together to create MPAA, an annual show. As the group grew they designated the Bitterroot River in as their official home show and also continued showing at other venues, as well. Now the MPAA Show is one of the most popular art shows in western Montana and its noted Montana artists welcome hundreds to enjoy their fine arts. www.montanaprofessionalartistsassoc.com bolen@montanaprofessionalartistsassoc.com or 406-9613887.

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The Bitterroot River: A Fly Fishing Treasure by Chuck Stranahan

The Bitterroot River and its watershed have been called the life-blood of the Bitterroot Valley. Its waters sustain the valley’s life, agriculture, and vitality. The Bitterroot’s abundant and varied fishing opportunities bring over $22 million fresh dollars into the valley’s economy every year. This instream of capital rides on the currents of fly fishing. Fly fishing for the Bitterroot’s abundant wild trout offers a unique variety of angling opportunities. Each has its own character, its own mood. There is rough-and-tumble churning pocket water in the West Fork. There is placid solitude in the long quiet pools of the river below Stevensville. There is a little bit of everything in between. There are feeder streams that are small rivers in their own right. In the north end of the valley, Lolo Creek is such a stream. So is Skalkaho Creek near Hamilton, the Burnt Fork near Stevensville, and the Nez Perce, which empties into the West Fork. And then there are a dozen smaller streams, tumbling like jewels from the crown of the Bitterroot Range. There is much to choose from. The visiting angler will do well to inquire up-close and personal from the angling pro behind the counter of a local fly shop, gather some up-to-the-minute information, then choose from the available options. There are usually several. Nothing makes a day of fishing more than being at the right spot at the right time. During the highly publicized and glamorized salmon fly hatch which occurs in June, the main stem of the Bitterroot is often high with runoff. The West Fork and East fork draw increasing crowds of anglers every year during that time. The West Fork, with flows moderated by Painted Rocks Dam, tends to clear earlier than the main river. The fishing can be as spectacular as the scenery if you hit it right. But don’t plan to be alone there during salmon fly time. As runoff subsides the main river comes its own and offers great fishing throughout its length. The good fishing lasts several weeks – from middle or late June extending well into July. The lower river, from Bell Crossing downstream, can come around quicker than the upper river. In its lower reaches the river meanders and braids in its bed. The side channels, slough mouths, and shallow runs that will be exposed gravel bars by late summer can be especially productive. There are abundant hatches, including a full array of mayflies. This stretch offers prime opportunity for veteran anglers to enjoy headhunting for big rising rainbows and browns. When the lower river warms up through the summer and has its water levels depleted for irrigation, the upper river comes into full swing. The lively currents of the stretches between Darby and Hamilton are an ever-changing scenic and angling delight. During midsummer, launching a float trip at the popular upper river landings used by local guides and lodges can have a pick-aTourism and Relocation Magazine

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number feel during peak hours. Start early, pick a spot a little further downstream, or do an evening float to avoid the crowds. A better bet, if you enjoy solitude, is to explore the many smaller streams that are available. A ten-minute drive from highway 93 and a ten-minute hike can put you into pristine surroundings in the biggest plot of wilderness acreage in the lower 48. Near Stevensville, there are hanging canyons above Kootenai Creek. Outside of Hamilton, Blodgett Canyon has been called a “Poor Man’s Yosemite;” there are no gift shops, no lodges, no ranger programs; there are only spectacular 3,000 foot cliffs jutting from a forest floor that was burned in the fires of 2000 and is in the midst of a miraculous recovery, and some splendid fishing for a particularly beautiful strain of Westslope cutthroat trout. The main river comes fully into its own again later in the year, when leaves turn color, wood smoke is on the air, summer travelers have returned home, and the trout are fattening up for winter. At that time, you cannot pick a bad spot. There is fishing here, to quote a long-time guide who once lived in the area, to delight the beginner and challenge the expert. Schedule a trip any time, and check with local fly shops for upto-the-minute details before you fish. The best time to go fishing, an old sage once told me, is when you can get away.

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Prehistoric Wingless Birds

Long rectangular pens house the adult breeding pairs. About every three days a hen will lay an egg, which promptly gets collected and taken to an incubator. About Wild Rose Emu Ranch has a unique successful. seven weeks in the humid, 97-degree According to scientists the birds were beginning here in the Bitterroot Valley, chamber, the eggs are moved to the never able to fly and have essentially and the Quinn’s, Clover and Joe love hatcher. having visitors come and see their flock. remained unchanged for 80 million years. With flat breast bones and no wing muscles, After placing a ready-to-hatch egg Refined from the fat on the back of the on a flat surface, Quinn uttered a few they developed long, powerful legs and can short whistles to mimic peeps made by reach speeds of 40 miles per hour. Emus hatchlings. Responding to the sound of are curious and easily spooked, but at the siblings, the egg wobbled back and forth. Quinn’s ranch they seem to enjoy visitors It takes about six hours for a chick to and sometimes sit down to rest. “They hatch completely after poking the initial almost always stay outdoors,” Quinn said. “They won’t stay inside unless it’s 20 below hole, Quinn said. In nature, the male will sit on the eggs outside.” and does not eat at all for the entire Their shrill prehistoric cries reminding you incubation period. His fat is enough for of a Jurassic Park soundtrack, she coaxes and him to last up to a year with no food. He dodges the fleet-footed, five-foot-tall birds. raises the babies, while the female goes Wild Rose Emu Ranch is home to harvested bird, emu oil is odorless and off to do her own thing. approximately 120 emus, and the ranch has colorless and has proved successful in Quinn welcomes people of all ages to treating a whole host of skin conditions. taken agriculture to a new level, with this come out and tour her emu ranch - or 95% usable bird, which provides a healthy Emus yield five basic byproducts check out Wild Rose Emu Ranch web red meat as well as a remarkable oil for meat, oil, eggs, leather and feathers site www.wildroseemu.com - the the skin, a strong, supple leather, silky and - the oil has been the easiest for the Quinn’s can be reached at 363-1710 or at bristly feathers; and 5 ½ inch dark green Quinns to market and has been the most eggs. wildrose@bitterroot.net.

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Building Homes. Building Hope. We have pledged to build two homes per year in Ravalli County.

Open Thurs–Sat: 9-4 131 Old Corvallis Road, Hamilton Donations accepted M-W: 10-2 Thurs-Sat: 9-4 Not Acceptable: Acceptable: Cabinets/Flooring/Lumber Paint thinner/hazardous or toxic chemicals (Including Plumbing/Fixtures Lighting/Electrical supplies oil based paint) Fully functional appliances, Pesticides (liquid or powder) Clothing/Soft goods Undamaged doors Toys/car seats Undamaged windows (No Musical Instruments broken glass) Blinds/Carpet/Mattresses Fully functional tools. Upholstered furniture *Partial List—See Complete list Computers/Printers/ Monitors/TV/Electronics at ravallihabitat.org Exercise equipment

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Winged Wonders

A glittering rainbow of kaleidoscope

colors fill the Bitterroot Valley sky each spring and summer as the hummingbirds return to breed and nest here in Southwestern Montana. Three distinct Bitterroot Valley hummingbird species are prevalent in this area, including the smallest breeding bird in North America, the Calliope; the feisty, rusty-backed colored Rufous; and the shy lesser seen Black-chinned. Males are quite colorful for attracting mates, where females are more gray and green to camouflage on their nests, aiding in deterring predation. Hummingbird breeding in May, and nesting in June, most abundantly occurs along the timbered Bitterroot Mountain foothills, where dense vegetation and running water creeks provide lots of small protein rich insects. Females conduct all nesting duties on their own with no assistance from the male. The tiny nest contains two eggs about the size of dried white beans. The well constructed nest is built of tiny rootlets, plant fibers, and the inside lined with soft plant down. A binding agent of elastic spider silk is utilized as a sort of glue to hold all the materials together, and attach or weld the nest to a limb securely. These tiny and highly intelligent birds frequent sugarwater feeders as they move down the valley floor and along the Sapphire Range foothills. There are many opportunities to view these migrating winged creatures in the valley while they linger to build fat reserves for metabolized fuel for the long journey south. It’s commonly believed by researchers that their average life span is 3 to 4 years, but amazingly, a nine-year old male Black-chinned hummer was captured and safely released along the Sapphire Range foothills in 2009. A recent consecutive five-year migration / breeding study yielded over 18,000 individual hummingbirds encountered in the Bitterroot Valley. To publicly view these Bitterroot feathered treasures, one may visit Skalkaho Steakhouse where there is a history of

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providing sugar-water feeders that host a marvelous variety of colorful hummingbirds. Also to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal while watching these winged wonders. The place is a buzz with the small bird’s wings beating 40-80 beats per second. A few other quick facts, normal flight speed, 30 mph. Heart rate 250 beats per minute at rest, normal body temp. 105-108 Degrees - truly amazing!

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City of Hamilton

Hamilton’s History

Located in the middle of the Bitterroot Valley is the county seat of Ravalli. Hamilton is home to over 4,500 people and the immediate area around the town has somewhere over 12,000 people. Downtown Hamilton has several historic buildings with unique shops and restaurants. Looking west on Main Street is a beautiful view of the Bitterroot Mountains. Beautiful street scape, trees, and street lamps invite one to enjoy the unique downtown shops. Highway 93, which passes through town, also boasts a variety of shops, grocery stores, and gas stations. The Chamber of Commerce is located on the corner of Main Street and Highway 93. The city offices are located in the historic Bedford Building just across the street from the Ravalli County Courthouse. The Ravalli County Museum, housed in the old courthouse, was built in 1900. Each July, Hamilton comes alive as the entire town celebrates ‘Daly Days’ in honor of the city founder, Marcus Daly. This event includes arts, crafts, and food vendors on the streets. The local businesses hold their annual sidewalk sales, games for the kids, and just a block away, the Chamber of Commerce, holds its annual Micro-Brew Festival; all this makes for a weekend of events, sharing, reminiscing with old friends, and meeting new friends. The town of Hamilton hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Apple Day, Cider Fest, Bitter Root Day, a variety of art functions, several plays, art, and craft shows and the Ravalli County Fair. These are just a few of the exciting activities planned throughout the year. Visit www.cityofhamilton.net

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City of Hamilton has rolled out the welcome mat for cyclists, as the gateway to the Bitterroot Valley’s plentiful road and mountain biking opportunities. The Bitterroot is simply an outstanding place to ride. The valley’s abundance of highly scenic paved roads, with relatively low traffic volume, is almost irresistible, while a paved bike path runs the length of the valley, from Lolo to Hamilton, providing 42 miles of relatively level cruising. For mountain bikers, the Bitterroot offers a network of Forest Service roads, hundreds of miles of them, suitable for casual mountain biking; more serious bikers will find miles of challenging single-track routes, some of them easily accessible and others quite remote. Organized cycling events are starting to catch on as well, for both mountain and road bikers. The “Tour of the Bitterroot”

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Hamilton was not a pioneer village in the days it was founded. Instead, it was a planned town of wide streets and avenues, a complete economic center for an area of farms and stock ranches. The History of Hamilton began when Marcus Daly, a great finance figure of the 1880 era in Butte and Anaconda mining development, made his way into the Bitterroot Valley seeking interests other than mining. About 1887, Mr. Daly bought up small sawmills west of the present site of Hamilton and almost overnight had established a lumber making industry on the bank of the Bitterroot River. Marcus Daly’s next move was to bring two men from another state to plan and develop his dream town. They were James Hamilton and Robert O’Hara who came from Minnesota in 1890. Mr. Daly named Hamilton after James Hamilton and the town was incorporated in 1894; Mr. O’Hara was named the first mayor.

mountain bike event will take place in, benefiting the Bitter Root Land Trust. More information is available at http://www. tourofthebitterroot.org/. The “Ride De Root” is a 100-mile road ride set also in July, starting and finishing in Darby. Information on that event is at www.ridederoot.com. In Hamilton, the city has designated well-marked bike paths and bike routes to conduct cyclists safely through town. Downtown sidewalks have ample bicycle parking, and the city is implementing a comprehensive bike/pedestrian plan. Check the city non-motorized plan on their web site at www. cityofhamilton.net Hamilton also offers two excellent bike shops, Valley Bicycles and Ski, at 219 S. 1st Street, and Red Barn Bikes, off Sleeping Child Road at 399 McCarthy Loop. Both have knowledgeable sales and service staff, and can direct cyclists to suitable rides regardless of their skill levels. Favorite routes among road cyclists include Sleeping Child

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road, the Skalkaho Highway, the East and West Fork roads, and paved routes paralleling U.S. 93 and the Eastside Highway, coursing up and down the valley. Closer to Hamilton, Westside Road, Old Corvallis Road, and Golf Course Road are great options. Various loops, and out-and-back rides, can be strung together to make your ride as long or as short as you’d like. The Eastside Highway accesses some excellent rides, but from its terminus at Florence to a bit south of Victor Crossing, it offers little or no shoulder and sometimes high traffic volume, so riders should exercise great caution if including it in their route. Mountain bikers will find a nest of trails in the Skalkaho/Rye/Sleeping Child area. Between Lost Trail Pass and the West Fork of the Bitterroot, lies another network of trails that offer access to remote country and challenging rides. Lake Como also offers a mix of trails and gravel roads that are scenic, and capable of challenging riders of any level. The Coyote Coulee recreation trail, located up Lost Horse canyon, is a mixeduse trail that offers hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers a great outing on mixed terrain. It’s useful to pick up a Forest Service map to keep track of the roads and road closures, and a stop at a local bike shop for route information is helpful, as well. The Chamber of Commerce and numerous local stores sell up-to-date road maps of the Bitterroot Valley. Several informal, weekly rides take place during the cycling season, some for experienced cyclists seeking a hard workout, others are more relaxed, “nodrop” rides, where the pace is set to accommodate the slowest in the group. Inquire at local bike shops for more information on these group rides, for both road cyclists and mountain bikers. The Bitterroot Valley is on a major, transcontinental bike route, the Transamerica, developed by the Adventure Cycling Association to help guide riders traveling cross-country. More than a thousand cycle tourists pass through the Bitterroot Valley every year on that route. Adventure Cycling and other organizations sponsor cycling tours that occasionally pass through the area, “Cycle Montana” is another organization that

Cycling throughout the valley

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hosts annual rides throughout Montana. In Montana, as in most states, bicycles are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle. Key practices for safe riding include: wearing a helmet at all times, being visible, wearing bright colors, using lights when riding in conditions of adverse visibility, riding predictably with traffic, signaling intentions, and riding respectfully and defensively. When riding with others, ride in single file and in a straight line.

State law also requires cyclists to remain as far to the right as practical, unless passing another vehicle or turning left. Bicycles are required to have a white reflector on the front, red in back, and reflectors on the spokes and pedals. Bicycling plans a big role in Montana’s transportation system. Montana was named the safest state to commute by bicycle in the United States. Casual or experienced rider, a bike commuter, a bicycle tourist - always be safe and responsible.

Most Montanans are pedestrians at one time or another every day. Whether you are walking for exercise, recreation or just walking to work or to the store. Use the cross-walks and be on the lookout for bikes as well as cars. Share the road is an integral part of the MDT’s Vision Zero, moving toward zero deaths and injuries on Montana’s roads. Pay attention - share the road, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are all responsible for safety on Montana’s roadways. Whether driving, bicycling or walking everyone must pay attention, follow traffic signs and laws and use common courtesy, The end goal - eliminate bicycle, motor vehicle and pedestrian fatalities. To find out more about Montana and our safety rules go to www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/ bikeped/sharetheroad.shuml You can stop in at the Bitterroot Chamber, located at 105 East Main and pick up your free copy of Bicycling the Big Sky of Montana.

Lewis & Clark Descent Route

Jason Savage Photography

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Lewis and Clark were the first American Citizens to enter the Bitterroot Valley back on September 4th, 1805. Exactly where did the Corp of Discover enter the Bitterroot Valley? For those now living in the Bitterroot Valley or visitors to the Valley wanting to walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on their Descend into the Bitterroot Valley, where could they do that? Until late last summer finding there Lewis and Clark Descend Route was difficult. But in August of 2016, the National Smoke Jumpers and the Bitterroot National Forest, with funding from the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation cleared a 2.75 mile segment of that descent route. The Bitterroot National Forest is now in the process of placing way finding signs so anyone can go experience this bit of exciting history of the South Bitterroot. Attached are sign images for use by the chamber that can guide valley visitors to the top of the Descent Route segment and the bottom of the Descent Route segment. This Lewis and Clark Descend Route segment is easy to get to. One is advised though to plan how you would like to hike it. The top part of the segment is relatively flat and if one would not like to have to climb back up to their car, some folks walk down the Descent Route a mile or so and then return to their car left at the top parking area. If folks want to descend the full 2.75 miles to the bottom parking area on FS Road #729, they might think about leaving a shuttle car at the bottom, to then retrieve the other car at the top of their Descent Route after a wonder walk down Camp Creek ridge in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Or I know those young avid hikers who have parked at the bottom trail head parking area shown on the map and walked up the entire 2.75 miles and back down back to their car in under two hours.

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Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is nestled between the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges and located one block from the Bitterroot River. It is proud to be a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital (CAH), committed to meeting the needs of its community. The hospital’s comprehensive medical, surgical, clinic, and emergency care services provide each patient with the highest possible level of medical care. To fulfill that commitment, the hospital maintains a highly trained staff, invests in cutting edge technologies, and upgrades its facilities and implements best practices to ensure the delivery of quality healthcare. The hospital is the largest employer in Ravalli County and has received many health care awards over the years. Most recently, MDMH was recognized as a “Top 100 Critical Access Hospital” in America. Other health care awards include: Most

Wired Hospital, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health “Commitment to Quality Award”, Hospice Honors Outstanding Award, and Home Health National Recognition. Additionally, the hospital has achieved: American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation, American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accreditation, Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. Designation, and 2016 Montana’s Top EMS Agency of the Year, all noted as the “gold standard” of care. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has transformed much of its facility, some of the en-

hancements include: expansive emergency department, intensive care unit, laboratory department and cardiology clinic, as well as rehabilitation, sleep, and birthing centers and multiple new medical clinics. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital offers

Left to right: James Zubernis, DO, Mary Camden, MD, Ann Kimmel, MD. Hamilton Obstetrics & Gynecology, a service of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

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an array of inpatient and outpatient services, medical clinics and a medical staff with over 70 providers. The specialties you will find on the medical staff include: emergency medicine, family practice, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, hospitalist, neurosurgery, internal medicine, general surgery, neurology, cardiology, pathology, radiology, orthopedic, sleep medicine, urology, podiatry, pain medicine, facial reconstructive surgery, and allied health professionals. If you are searching for an area to relocate that has gorgeous mountains, pristine waterways, history and charm, as well as advanced healthcare, then the Bitterroot Valley is your place!

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The Marcus Daly healthcare team aspires to be a trusted community leader known for exceeding the expectations of those we serve. We promise exceptional care delivery by dedicated, compassionate professionals who take pride in achieving the level of satisfaction.

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Making The Valley Your New Home The Bitterroot Valley is a place many found to make their home. There are many reasons to move to our valley beside the scenic beauty and the many activities that are close at hand. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, provides people 55 and older the opportunity to apply their experiences to meet community needs. RSVP has operated across the nation for over 30 years and is very active in our community. Volunteers with RSVP serve a diverse range of non-profit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups. Among other activities, they mentor youth, organize neighborhood watch programs, help with blood drives and immunization clinics and lend their business skills to community groups that provide needed social services. The Senior Center here in the valley, will keep you actively involved with a wide range of social events throughout the year. The Human Resource Council offers services which include housing, food and employment programs. The web site has a database of social service resources and services for Ravalli County. (www.hrcxi.org) Some state of Montana offices that are in Ravalli County: * Child and Family Services - located at 108 Pinckney St * Disability Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services 316 N 3rd St * Ravalli County Public Assistance - located at 310 N 3rd St * Job Service - located at 274 Old Corvallis Rd Suite D

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Aging Services - Services for Montana residents who are age 60 or older are primarily delivered by a network of 10 Area Agencies on Aging, which reaches all geographic areas of the state. Ravalli County Council on Aging is responsible for planning, coordinating and delivering services in Ravalli County, from Florence to Sula, (www.ravallicooa.org/index. html) Programs include: Meals on Wheels, Supplemental Food Programs, Homemaker Services, Information, Assistance & Referral and Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The Council on Aging also operates the Bitterroot Transportation. which serves the Hamilton Senior Center at 820 North 4th Street, lunch is served three days a week. Other Social Services: * Ravalli Services Corporation - Services for Disabled Population, 905 N First St 363-5400 * Shelters & Homeless Resources - S.A.F.E., Salvation Army, Montana Council of Homelessness *Haven House Emergency Food - 316 N Third Suite 162, 3632450 * Youth Home Inc. (www.youthhomes.com/index.html) * RSVP Volunteer Center 363-1102 * United Way of Ravalli County 375-0937 * WIC - Ravalli County - Supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals for health and social services for pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 - 205 Bedford Suite P - 3756685 * Riverside Christian Center - Food pantry, emergency gas vouchers - 390 Fairgrounds Rd * Assisted Housing * Ravalli County Council on Aging - located at 310 Old Corvallis Road 363-5690 For more information call Chamber 406-363-2400

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Bridging the Generation Gap

Driver's License Exam Stations

Looking for a job? About 27% of Montana’s workforce is 55 and older and approaching retirement age. These impending retirements could potentially reduce Montana labor force by 136,982 workers. With the segment of the population aged 16 to 24 totally 113,000 there are simply not enough young workers entering the workforce to accommodate those retirements.

There will be fewer people available for work in the future Employers: 1) Talk with them (not to them) 2) Let them question, teach them how to ask a better question 3) Understand what drives them. They are not self-centered they are a giving generation 4) Understand Technology is their platform - Smartphones, Social media, they Google everything. 5) Give them a lane and then let them run. Also give them clear expectations of the job, communicate and attitude of gratitude, this is important to them! Means of Transportation to work: Drove a car alone: (10,706) 70% l Carpooled: 2,195 (14%) l Bus: 30 (%) l Subway or elevated: 6 (0%) l Motorcycle: 44 (0%) l Bicycle 44 (0%) l Walked: 715 (5%) l Other means: 126 (1%) l Worked at home: 1,513 (10%) l

Drove a car alone

Other Worked at home Walked Carpooled

Ravalli County Child Care Centers Ravalli County childcare centers come in sizes, costs, and programs to fit all budgets and preferences. We know that parents are busy but that selecting the right daycare center or preschool is crucial. So we’ve gathered basic information for 7 child care centers in Ravalli County. Leaps & Bounds in Stevensville (406) 777-3707 Li’l Sprouts Preschool in Florence (406) 493-6505 Sonshine Preschool & Daycare in Hamilton (406) 363-3439 Bitterroot Early Learning Center in Corvallis (406) 961-0123 Evergreen Montessori in Hamilton (406) 363-7279 Grace Lutheran Learning Center in Hamilton (406) 363-1924 Ravalli Early Head Start in Hamilton (406) 363-1217

Community Profile

The current population of Ravalli County is 40,841 with the median age of 46. Ravalli County’s median household income is $42,603, and the average household net worth is $440,359. 28% of Ravalli County’s population are long term residents having lived in their homes for more than 5 years, while 19% of Ravalli County’s population have moved in the last year. Household income distribution represents the distribution of Ravalli County income brackets at the household level. Overall, the median household income for Ravalli County is $42,603, which is 5% lower than that of Montana ($45,041). Income data for Ravalli County is sourced from census, 2015.

Define The Generations The Greatest Generation The Silent Generation The Baby Boomers Generation X Millennial Generation Generation Z (Post Millennial)

Born before 1928 Born 1929-1945 Born 1946 - 1964 Born 1965 - 1979 Born 1980 - 1997

1995

2015

2% 18% 49% 31% n/a n/a

<1% 2% 29% 34% 34% >1%

Personal and Lifestyle Characteristics by Generation Core Values

Family Education Communication

Greatest Generation

Baby Boomers

Generation X

Generation Y

Respect for authority Conformers Discipline

Optimism Involvement

Realism Confidence Extreme fun

Traditional Nuclear A dream

Disintegrating

Skepticism Fun Informality Social Latch-key kids

A birthright

A way to get there

An incredible expense

Rotary phones One-on-one Write a memo Dealing with Money Put it away Pay cash

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You may apply for a driver's license at any driver exam station, regardless of where in Montana you live. The state laws governing driver licensing are found in the Driver's Licenses chapter of the Montana Code Annotated. Please be prepared to pay for your license with cash or by check, since credit cards are not accepted. Below are stations located nearest to Ravalli County. Stevensville 102 Main Street, Suite A 777-4388 Monday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Merged families

Touch-tone phones Cell phones Internet Call me anytime Call me only at work Picture phones E-mail Buy now, pay later Cautious Earn to spend Conservative Save, save, save

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Real Estate in the Valley

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber’s ‘Preferred’ listing of Realtors in the Bitterroot Valley

Discover Montana Realty - Henry Silverio 127 West Main St #1 & 2 - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-1643 fax (800) 293-9428 henry@discovermontana.net www.discovermontana.net REAL ESTATE COMPANIES: Alpine Realty - Dorene Sain 808 North Main St - Darby MT 59829 (406) 821-3771 fax (406) 821-3810 dorene.sain@gmail.com www.alpinerealtymt.com Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors - Layna Lyons 224 North 4th St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-2000 fax (406) 363-4511 layna@bvboar.net www.bvbor.net Berkshire Hathaway Home Services & Mt. Properties Sharon Dedmon 120 South Fifth Street, Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 360-0258 sharon.dedmon@bhhsmt.com www.sharondedmon.com Berkshire Hathaway Montana Properties Kathie Butts 120 South 5th St #201 - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 375-0166 fax (406) 375-0165 montanainfo@prumt.com www.prumt.com By Owner/Polumsky - Andy & Teri Polumsky 410 North 1st St #A - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-1606 fax (406) 363-1606 andy@byowner-mt.com www.byownerhamilton.com Cardinal Properties, Inc. - Barbara Liss 320 South 2nd St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-4430 fax (9406) 363-4432 info@cardinalproperties.net www.cardinalproperties.net Coldwell Banker Western States Assoc. - Tim Lund 115 West Main St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-1250 fax (406) 363-2796 info@cybernet1.com www.coldwellbankerwsa.com

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Driscoll Realty LLP - Kathleen Driscoll 109 North 4th #101 - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-2233 driscollrealty@bresnan.net www.kathleendriscoll.com ERA Lambros Real Estate - Tom Round 514 North 1st St - Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-6668 fax (406) 363-3252 bitterroot@lambros.com www.eralambros.com

Windermere Real Estate - Bob Pauley 1920 North First St #D Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-3222 fax (406) 363-3511 bobp@windermere.com www.windermere.com

Exit Realty Bitterroot Valley - Max Coleman 99 Marcus St 3rd Floor - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 375-9251 fax (406) 363-4685 max@exitrmt.com www.exitmt.com

REAL ESTATE AGENTS:

Exit Realty Bitterroot Valley/Stevensville - Nicole Jones 406 Main Suite C - Stevensville MT 59870 (406) 239-1421 Greener Montana Properties -Travis Martinez 315 South Third St., Hamilton MT 59840 (888) 883-0367 office@greenerMT.com www.GreenerMT.com

Bruce Gould 120 South 5th St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 375-8796 bruce.gould@prumt.com www.PrudentialMontanaRE.com Rod Freeman 911 Westside Road - Hamilton (406) 369-0320 rod@bitterroothorseproperty.com www.bitterroothorseproperty.com

Montana Westgate Realty, Inc. - Merle Unruh 2134 North 1st St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-4700 fax (406) 363-4702 realtyhm@montanawestgate.com www.montanawestgate.com

David Vlasak 500 West Main - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 369-5660 sold@davidvlasak.com www.brookedevries.com

PureWest Christie’s International Real Etate Bobbi Lockhart 140 Cherry St #101 at The Mill - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-9800 fax 363-4515 bobbi@purewestmt.com www.purewestrealestate.com

REAL ESTATE - COMMERCIAL RENTAL

Realty Executives - Jeff Getman 320 North 1st St #D - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 375-9431 fax (406) 375-9432 reexecs@reexecs.com www.reexecs.com

REAL ESTATE - MORTGAGE BROKER US Bank - Shelley Ayers 1265 North 1st St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-6700 fax (406) 363-6784 shelley.ayers@usbank.com www.usbank.com

The Creamery - Brad Schnepf 400 West Main - Hamilton MT 59840 (703) 739-2999 fax (702) 739-2995 bschnepf@marnellcorrao.com www.MarnellProperties.com

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REAL ESTATE PROPERTY CARE/MANAGEMENT Alpine Realty - Dorene Sain 808 North Main St - Darby MT 59829 (406) 821-3771 fax (406) 821-3810 dorene.sain@gmail.com www.alpinerealtymt.com Cardinal Properties - Barbara Liss 320 South 2nd St - Hanilton MT 59840 (406) 363-4430 fax (406) 363-4432 info@cardinalproperties.net www.cardinalproperties.net Courtyard Apartments - Joanne Jones 306 Courtyard Circle - Corvallis MT 59828 (406) 961-4890 fax (406) 961-4891 c.courtyardsofcorvallis@bresnan.net

Highland Property Management - Christin Chiaramonte 460 Stonegate Dr - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-5787 fax (406) 363-5786 christin@highland-propertymanagement.com www.highland-propertymanagement.com Montana Property Management & Realty - James Uzzell 1591 North First St #2, Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 375-0400 fax (406) 363-7681 mpmuzzell@gmail.com www.rentthebitterroot.com Real Property Management- Sapphire 236 Christofferson Lane - Corvallis MT 59828 (406) 360-2732 rchild@rpmsapphire.com www.rpmsapphire.com

Great Builders and Realtors continue to help you once the job is completed

REAL ESTATE - RENTALS Highland Property Management Christin Chiaramonte 460 Stonegate Dr - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-5787 fax (406) 363-5786 christin@highland-propertymanagement.com www.highland-propertymanagement.com REAL ESTATE - TITLE COMPANIES First American Title Co. - Sherri Williams 1438 North 1st St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-2340 fax (406) 2346 hamiltonmt@firstamholding.com www.firstamholding.com First Montana Title - Ken Kanenwisher 250 West Main St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 363-2661 fax (406) 363-6960 firstmttitle@qwestoffice.net Stewart Title of Ravalli County - Laura Fortune 1920 North 1st St - Hamilton MT 59840 (406) 362-7004 fax (406) 363-7023 laura@stewartmt.com www.stewartmt.com

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Schools

2011-2012 ANB**

The Bitterroot Valley is home to seven school districts and has five private schools.

District

Phone Number

K-12 Enrollment

Corvallis

406-961-4211

1,372

Darby

406-821-3841

387

Florence

406-273-6751

896

Hamilton

406-363-2280

1,633

Lone Rock

406-777-3314

285 (K-8 only)

Stevensville

406-777-5481

1,019

Victor

406-642-3221

364

Enrollment

Montana law requires schools to count students twice each year to determine the number of students who are enrolled. The primary enrollment date is taken on the first Monday in October (referred to as the October count) and the secondary count is taken on February 1st (the February count).

Corvallis Darby Florence Hamilton Lone Rock Stevensville Victor Total

K-6 649 203 469 825 227 474 197 3044

7-8 241 53 149 250 58 154 59 964

9-12 482 131 278 558 391 108 1948

Total 1372 387 896 1633 285 1019 364 5956

* Fall enrollment is taken the first Monday in October ** All schools use a three year average ANB calculation ANB is used for budget purposes.

HOME SCHOOL PARENTS:

Montana Law (20-5-109 MCA) requires parents who home school their children to ANNUALLY notify the County Superintendent of Schools. Home School Report Forms can be found at www.ravalli.us/276/schools-education. Parents may print the form or fax to 406-375-6554 or deliver it to the Clerk and Recorders office, or mail it to the County Superintendent of Schools, 215 South 4th Suite C, Hamilton MT 59840.

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Higher Education

The University & College of Technology in Missoula is approximately 46 miles from Hamilton. Bitterroot College Program of the University of Montana is located in Ravalli County (Hamilton) at 103 South 9th Street. The Bitterroot College connects a diverse rural community to a wide array of learning opportunities. We achieve student success, lifelong learning, and

community engagement through responsive and accessible academics, workforce preparation an enrichment programming. Phone (406) 375-0100 - bc@umontana.edu www.umt.edu/bitterroot-college BOBBI J. LOCKH ART

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Blodgett View Christian School K -8

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Hamilton Christian Academy K-8

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Parochial Pines Academy K-6

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Evergreen Montessori – Pre K – 1st

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Ravalli County Fair

The Ravalli County Fair is a family affair and brings the whole valley together to celebrate. The 2017 fair will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30 through September 2. From food to floral and everything in between, can be seen at the Ravalli County Fair here in Hamilton. To kick off the fair, there is a parade on Wednesday at 10 am down Main Street in Hamilton.

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Exhibits for the young and old alike, along with bareback, bull riding and a host of other rodeo related activties. Live music and some of the best food around. Carnival, dog events, races and a host of activities help make the Ravalli County Fair the place to be Labor Day Weekend. All this amid the spectacular beauty of the Bitterroot Valley.

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Ski the best Montana has to offer

Lost Trail Powder Mountain

Lost Trail Powder Mountain, located atop the Continental Divide on Hwy 93 where Montana and Idaho meet, has over 300 inches of pristine snowfall every year. These undiscovered slopes await the avid skiers and snowboarders! Cross-Country skiing in the Bitterroot Valley offers you quiet, unsurpassed beauty while you are skiing on some of the most beautiful trails in the world! Snowmobiling continues to increase in popularity and the fabulous winter scenery in our valley is the best you will find anywhere. Here in our valley, snowy conditions can start as early as late October and last until April or May. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a better or more scenic place to travel by snow than right here in our Bitterroot Valley! Lost Trail Powder Mountain has some of the best powder to be found anywhere, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about the crowds on the 25 runs of this family-friendly ski resort! Tourism and Relocation Magazine

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Bitterroot National Forest Welcome to the Bitterroot National Forest where you can leave your worries and stress behind - take a deep breath and enjoy the many natural wonders of our National Forest. The Bitterroot National Forest has been occupied by humans for at least 8,000 years or longer, and is the ancestral home of the Bitterroot Salish Native Americans. Other tribes such as the Nez Perce, also frequented the forest. These hunters and gatherers harvested plants and animals throughout the year for survival. There are 1.6 million acres in west central Montana and east central Idaho and they are part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. National Forest land begins above the foothills of the Bitterroot River Valley in two mountain ranges, the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and the Sapphire Mountains on the east. Elevation ranges from 3,200 feet at the north end of the Bitterroot Valley to 10,157 feet at Trapper Peak at the south end. On the valley floor and lower foothills, there is a mixture of grasslands, shrublands, and ponderosa pine that borders cottonwood forest along rivers and streams. These rangelands provide benefits like wildlife habitats and recreation. Vegetative management of the forest provides a sustained yield of forest products like saw timber, post, poles and firewood. Alpine lakes, mountain reservoirs, fast running streams and the meandering Bitterroot River offer anglers the opportunity to fish for various species of trout. The Bitterroot Forest is home to many species of wildlife, mule and whitetail

deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bear, moose and mountain lions are just a few, as well as a variety of smaller animals and birds. Recreational opportunities are abundant

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in our forests. Camping, hiking, riding, fishing, hunting, rafting, boating, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding and wildlife watching. In the winter there is skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and other winter activities to enjoy. There are several hiking trails here in the Bitterroot that vary in terrain from stream bottoms, high ridges and open meadows to dense forests and lakes. Depending on the elevation, many trails are usually open and snow free by July. For more information on any of the trails, campgrounds or any of the many activities to enjoy in our forest - www.fs.usda.gov/activity/ bitterroot or call the Chamber (406) 363-2400.

Contact Information Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor's Office 1801 North 1st, Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-7100 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed on Federal Holidays Stevensville Ranger District 88 Main Street, Stevensville, MT 59870 (406) 777-5461 Darby Ranger District P.O. Box 388 Darby, MT 59829 (406) 821-3913 Sula Ranger District 7338 Hwy 93 S. Sula, MT 59871 (406) 821-3913 West Fork District 6735 West Fork Rd Darby, MT 59829 (406) 821-3269

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Breathtaking Beauty of Spring

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pringtime - when the temperatures wakens with new life. Fragrant apple blossoms abound in the foothills beneath snow-capped mountain peaks. Willows and cottonwoods sprout fresh leaves. The Bitterroot River swells with melted snow and gentle rain. Red-breasted robins punctuate warm breezes with song. Rich green-carpeted meadows, calves frolic, lambs bound, and foals try out their spindly legs. In wild woods and river bottoms, deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep raise their young. The average temperature in April is 57.9°F with a low of 32.2°F., with average rainfall of 1.05”. Take a drive to Lee Metcalf to watch ducklings, wild swans and new fawns. Bring your binoculars for a close-up look, and capture the beauty of spring with your camera. Farmers Markets start up in the spring in Darby, Hamilton, Stevensville and Florence. Enjoy the many choices of local vegetables and produce for sale. Afternoons are a wonderful time to spend at the golf course, or walk, bike or skate the paved paths along the roadways .

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S ummertime in the Bitterroot Valley, known as the Banana Belt of Montana and one of the reasons is we have over 16.5 hours of sunlight that make our summer days long and warm. This gives us all the time in the world to do all the fun things that make the Bitterroot so special. The nights are comfortably cool and make for great sleeping weather. Traveling down our back roads, the air is perfumed with the refreshing scent of the new-mown hay. You can watch the eagles soar, listen to the meadowlarks sing, and see and hear the hummingbirds hovering over the flowers. Lake Como and the Bitterroot River warm to swimming temperatures during the summer or just enjoy the solitude of a shoreline walk. During the summer season you need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. The average temperature in July is 82.8°F with a low of 49.3°F, so you may want to put on a light jacket in the evening. You don’t usually have to worry about getting stuck in a rainstorm as the valley only averages one inch during the month of July!

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ummertime is the perfect time to explore, enjoy and experience the valley. Each of our communities has special summer events that showcase the history, the culture and the artists of the area. From parades, rodeos, and art shows, to festivals of music and microbrews, there is something special happening for every age and interest. Throughout the summer, one can enjoy ongoing events including the monthly First & Second Friday’s in Stevensville and Hamilton and on Saturday mornings there are Farmers’ Markets in Florence, Stevensville and Hamilton and Tuesday evenings in Darby. ‘Tuesdays at 12’ is a great time in Hamilton to hear local music and enjoy lunch at the Ravalli County Museum. You won’t want to miss the Ravalli County Museum’s ‘Saturday Series’ program, either. End of August and the first of September, we end the summer with a thrill. Join us for the Ravalli County Fair and Carnival! We promise you an entertaining ‘old fashion’ family experience.

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Swimming For those lazy, hot days in the summer - we have two outdoor pools for swimming and swimming instruction. Bitterroot Aquatic Center, 59 Kurtz Lane in Hamilton, hosts an outdoor pool, indoor 90°F degree pool, lessons, open swim, water exercise and therapy classes, bathhouse, showers, and lifeguards. Call 375-8200 for more information. Stevensville also has a public outdoor pool and they can be reached at 777-5827. It includes a bathhouse and is located in Lewis & Clark Park at the end of 1st Street in Stevensville. The Canyons Athletic Center has an indoor heated pool with swim lanes, hot tub, shower, steam room and sauna. Open swim times are available. Call 363-2816 for day pass and/or membership information.

Tennis

Tennis, anyone? Head on over to the Westview Center, Main and 9th Street in Hamilton, or Lewis & Clark Park at the end of 1st Street in Stevensville. Corvallis is another place where tennis courts are available. If indoor tennis appeals to you, visit the Canyons Athletic Center for a day pass and a chance to play on state-of-the-art courts located inside the air-controlled athletic center. The center is located at 472 Tammany Lane in Hamilton. Call 363-2816 for court reservations.

Hiking and Backpacking

All hiking and backpacking enthusiasts will find miles of terrific trails surrounding the Bitterroot Valley. Whether you are a novice looking for a simple day hike or an experienced hiker looking for multi-day trips into the backcountry, the majestic Bitterroots and Sapphire mountains will not disappoint you. The rugged terrain and beautiful peaks offer miles of breathtaking views and simple to challenging trails for all to enjoy. The same holds true for biking trails around the valley. Information on these hiking and biking trails can be found at any Forest Service headquarters and the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce.

Boating, Canoeing & Rafting

The Bitterroot River offers over 76 miles of floatable river, from six miles south of Darby to Missoula. The Salmon River is just 90 miles south of Hamilton and is a good white water rafting river. Lake Como and Painted Rocks Lake are popular spots for canoes, jet skis, fishing boats, ski boats and everything in between. Stop by the Chamber for more information regarding the many recreational opportunities in the valley, or visit our web site at www. bitterrootchamber.com

& Clark Park in Stevensville has a swimming pool, playground and skateboard park as well as tennis courts. Victor and Darby also have city parks with playground equipment. Don’t forget to visit Darby’s skateboard park, which is located near the rodeo arena northwest of Darby. Florence has the famous Hideout Mountain, an 8,000 square-foot playground with a mountain maze, 3 slides, climbing wall and toddler area. Visit Kids First at the Westview Center in Hamilton for information call 3753636.

ATV Tours

Guided ATV tours are available through Bitterroot Adventures. Call Rye Creek Lodge at 821-3366 for package information and rates.

For the Younger Set

Got Kids? Check out the trout fishing pond and the Lewis and Clark interpretive trail in Hieronymus Park at the north end of Hamilton. There is also the Canyons Hideaway Playground at Claudia Driscoll Park - the perfect picnic spot for the family. Kiwanis Park has a playground and is right next to River Park, offering paved trails for biking and walking, or river access for splashing or floating. Lewis

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nyone can take you for a ride in a Jeep, but this open air Land Rover will let you feel the cool air in the forest and smell the pine trees as we wind through the mountains in this unique vehicle. The Defender often gets tagged as ‘primitive’ in this age of conveniences like infotainment touch screens or power windows. At the same time, people can’t get enough of them. See why people trust these Defenders, they are used by the military in several countries and everyday adventurers from around the world. Come on this unique tour and see wide open views, wildlife and learn a little bi about the plants, animals and history of the Bitterroot Valley. After you get started into the iconic open air Defender you will begin your adventure up the mountain, learning the history of the area from the Native Americans to the early settlers. Once you leave the pavement you will have opportunities to see some of the different trees and wildflowers that grow in the Sapphire Mountains. Keep an eye out for deer and big horn sheep along with other wildlife that we could encounter. Depending on the time of year, you will also find various edible berries (huckleberry, thimble berry, wild strawberry etc.) but make sure you know what you are eating first! Skalkaho Falls is a picturesque site, which we will pass on our way to Mud Lake where you will have lunch. There you will find tracks of all the animals that come to drink there at night. Moose, mountain lion, deer, and various birds that all visit the area. You will have an opportunity to explore the area before heading back down the mountain.

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stop and look at plant life and take photos. Lunch and beverages will be provided. For more information regarding this adventure (406) 209-8907 or www. bitterrootjeepsandrovers.com

Tours offered Bitterroot Jeeps and Rovers offer two tours into the Sapphire Mountains. Skalkaho Tour is approximately 3 hours, and will stop at Skalkaho Falls as well as stops to look at plant life and to take photos. Joel will be glad to point out wildlife and plants plus act as photographer for your group. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Sleeping Child/Skalkaho Tour is approximately 5 hours with stops at Skalkaho Falls and Mud Lake. There is time to

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Community Information Emergency Numbers Sheriff and/or Ambulance ...............................

911

To Report a Fire ..................................................

911

First Call For Help (domestic abuse) ...............

211

To Burn ......................................................

363-3033

Ravalli County Sheriff ..........................................

375-4060

Hamilton City Police .............................................

363-2100

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363-3630

(Garbage Service) Victor Dump Transfer ................................

642-3375

Ravalli County Recycling ...................................

375-0234

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